Having made history by becoming the youngest marathon runner in the country, Budhia Singh now hopes that a biopic on him would resurrect his career that has gone to oblivion.
Singh ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri at the age of four covering 65 kilometres in seven hours and two minutes. He was listed as the country’s youngest marathon runner in the Limca book of records in 2006. The boy’s life will be depicted on screen in the film Budhia Singh – Born to Run, directed by Soumendra Padhi.
Budhia says he was happy to know that a film was being made on him, starring Manoj Bajpayee in the role of his coach. “I was extremely happy when I heard that a film will be made on me. My mother and sister were also happy. ” Budhia said.
By the time he was five-year-old, Budhia ran 48 marathons with the help of his coach Biranchi Das. It was only after he watched the trailer that Budhia realised similarities between Bajpayee and his real life coach, who died in 2008. “When I saw the trailer, I realised that he (Bajpayee) looked exactly the same as my coach. He reminded me of my coach a lot. I then met Manoj sir in a studio. He said after watching the film, the government will remember Budhia again, then you can run again.”
He added: “I want to run 400-m, 800-m or long distance. I want to represent my country. I hope the film does good and I achieve my dream.” Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Code Red Film Productions, the movie also stars Tillotama Shome and Master Mayur. “Budhia Singh Born to Run” is scheduled to release on August 5. – CINEWS