Singh faces screen test before bash with Benn
Ring hero Barinder Singh plans to be a smash hit in Bollywood.
Singh is this week taking a break from training for his exhibition bout against boxing legend Nigel Benn, at Liquid Envy on Saturday, December 15, to make his debut on the big screen.
Dhillon Security helped the former British, Commonwealth and European kick-boxing champion land a part in the movie 'Pamla Pagla Deewana', currently being filmed in Birmingham.
"It's a massive film," said the 29-year-old from Oadby, "and I feel as though all my Christmases have come at once.
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"First I got offered the chance to share a ring with Nigel Benn and now this.
"My uncles have studios in Bombay and I've met a few Bollywood actors, but I haven't done any acting since my drama lessons at Beauchamp College.
"I'm needed for a fight scene and I guess I must be the bad guy!"
Promoter Scott Lansdowne reports there has been plenty of interest in tickets for Benn's ring return in Leicester.
Benn won world titles at middleweight and super-middleweight and his give-and-take thrillers against Chris Eubank were among the most savage and exciting fights seen in a British ring in recent years.
"I used to watch him box on television when I was a boy and I really can't believe I'm going to be swapping punches with him," said Singh, who's sponsored by Wigston Tyres.
"I thought (promoter) Scott (Lansdowne) was joking when he mentioned it to me. My friends didn't believe me when I told them – but now they've all seen the posters."
Singh made a successful boxing debut last month with a points win over Shaun Law – and said: "I used to rush in and try to knock everyone out, but I've learned to think more."
Tickets for the show are available from 07521-063038.