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Boxer Shots: Farhan Akhtar’s Toofan Will Be Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull

While  director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra  and his leading man  Farhan Akhtar refuse to disclose whom  their boxing bonanza  Toofan is based on, sources inform that Farhan’s  role models are Mohammad Ali and  Robert de Niro in  Raging Bull.

 While the  boxer’s  resilience willpower  passion and  spiritualism are  modeled  on  Ali,  the  physical preparation  to  play  the  boxer to perfection has  taken  Farhan  into  months of  rigorous  preparation that  entailed a strict dietary regimen and also  complete focus  on  the  project on hand.

Says a  source close  to  the  project,  “As long as it takes for Toofan to be  completed, Farhanremains  fully committed  to the project. There are  no professional  distractions whatsoever.  Farhan has not taken up any other acting assignment after  The Sky Is Pink which is now complete  and  awaiting release in October.”

According to the  source Farhan wont be taking on any directorial  or acting assignments  for  the  next one year. 

“In any case  Farhan has  not directed  any film since Don 2 in 2011.As  for acting, Farhan is currently living the  boxer’s life,” says  the  source.

One recalls Farhan’s  full-scale commitment playing Milkha Singh in Rakeysh OmprakshMehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

One recalls  a physical  preparation as  intense as Farhan’s only once before, when RajkummarRao played  a  a man trapped away  from human contact for weeks in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped.  

Says  Mehra, “Farhan and I share  a very special rapport. It’s to do with our commitment to tell a story about an individual whose  life has a universal resonance.”

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