Real vs Reel: Is R Balki's Ghoomer starring Abhishek Bachchan & Saiyami Kher a true story?
Well, the answer is yes and no at the same time. R Balki's Ghoomer is reportedly inspired by the incredible real-life tale of a late Hungarian shooter who overcame adversity after a serious hand injury and won two Olympic medals-
Veteran filmmaker R Balki's one of the most-awaited movies of the year titled Ghoomer's trailer was released on Friday and it literally gave goosebumps to fans. Fans are going gaga after watching Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan donning a coach's hat and actress Saiyami Kher of Mirzya and Choked fame, essays the role of a cricketer who loses her right arm on the eve of her international cricket debut. R Balki's Ghoomer is a sports drama that revolves around an inspiring story of a sportswoman and her coach who fought against the faith to achieve the 'magical dream'. As the trailer suggests, 'drunk' Abhishek Bachchan can be heard saying, "Logically, can someone with just one hand play for the country?" He answers, "no." But Ghoomer isn't the story of logic. It is the story of "magic." The trailer showcases the story of Anina, an aspiring player, who makes it to the Indian cricket team. Now, the question arises whether Ghoomer is a true story or Ghoomer is a real story or not? To know the answer continue reading-
Is Ghoomer a true story?
Well, the answer is yes and no at the same time. R Balki's Ghoomer is reportedly inspired by the incredible real-life tale of a late Hungarian shooter who overcame adversity after a serious hand injury and won two Olympic medals. Therefore, it can be said that Ghoomer is inspired by a true story but the story is fictional in nature. Now the question arises who is the Hiungarianm shooter on whom R Balki's Ghoomer is inspired from? The answer is Karoly Takacs. On digging more, True Scoop News found that Karoly Takacs was only the third known physically disabled athlete to have competed in the Olympic Games after George Eyser in 1904 and Olivér Halassy in 1928, followed by Liz Hartel in 1952, Neroli Fairhall in 1984 and Oscar Pistorius in 2012. To be precise, Karoly Takacs was the first shooter to win two Olympic gold medals in the 25 meter rapid fire pistol event, both with his left hand after his right hand was seriously injured.
Coming to R Balki's movie, Saiyami Kher will be seen playing the role of a paraplegic sportsperson. Helmed by the acclaimed director R Balki, the film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, Shabana Azmi and Angad Bedi in the lead roles. The film is all set to hit the theatres on August 18. Notably, Abhishek and his father Amitabh Bachchan have always been an integral part of R Balki movies. Last time, R Balki collaborated with Abhishek Bachchan in the Paa (2009). Interestingly in that movie, Amitabh Bachchan played the son of Abhishek Bachchan.