India's first Olympics and World Championships medallist, Vijender is set to foray into Bollywood with 'Fugly', a social thriller backed by Superstar Akshay Kumar. (Agencies)
"Being part of a film for the first time, I realised the importance of team work because my sport is essentially an individual sport in which the onus is completely on me. So, it was a good experience to work in a team and learn to be patient," Vijender told reporters in an interview.
"Boxing is all about being aggressive and maintaining a tempo while you are in the ring but in film-making I realized how important it was to take a step back and be patient. In final analysis, both boxing and doing films are equally tough," added the former world number one.
The trailer of 'Fugly' was recently released amid much fanfare and by the look of it, the film comes across as a comic thriller on the lives of four carefree friends.
Noted actor Jimmy Shergill plays a rustic police officer, a chance encounter with whom dramatically alters the lives of the four central characters.
"It has comedy, it is a thriller also, all I can say is it would be thoroughly enjoyable. It portrays Delhi in a manner which has never been done before. I play the role of Gaurav, a typical Delhi guy who comes from a political family," he explained.
"Gaurav is slightly cocky and uses the language which is common for well-connected youngsters in Delhi. 'Do you know who my father is?', this is something which is typically Delhi and this is how Gaurav is. To play this role, I relied on my experience of being in Delhi because in real life, I am just the opposite," said the strapping six-footer from Haryana.
Vijender said the makers of the film took him on board only after screening his abilities in an audition.
"I auditioned for the role, which is a normal process before anybody is signed on. But I did not attend any acting workshops after that to prepare because I wasn't nervous about it. I guess being a sportsperson, adapting to something new comes naturally me," he laughed.
Although his movie debut has come now, Vijender harboured cinematic ambitions even while sweating it out to succeed in boxing.
"It is like, all my dreams are coming true one by one. I am so glad that I am getting what I wanted in life. I come from a small village and to make it this far has been a very rewarding experience," said the 28-year-old.
But for all the hype surrounding his movie debut, Vijender remains focussed on his boxing career as well.
"I will join the national camp on the 15th of this month. The Commonwealth Games are coming up followed by the Asian Games, I am focussed on that also," said Vijender, referring to the two quadrennial events scheduled in July and September respectively.
India's first Olympics and World Championships medallist, Vijender is set to foray into Bollywood with 'Fugly', a social thriller backed by Superstar Akshay Kumar.