Mickey Rourke’s boxing feature ‘Tiger’, slated to be released on 2 Nov, is inspired by the true story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, a practicing Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing due to his religious beliefs.
The trailer was released recently. See here.
Starring Janel Parrish (‘Pretty Little Liars), breakout stars Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese and Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (‘The Wrestler’), the movie is slated for release at select AMC and Regal Theatres in Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, and Sacramento as well as in Cineplex and Landmark theatres in Canada.
The plotline of the film revolves around the true story of Ontario flyweight amateur boxing champion Pardeep Singh Nagra, a member of the Sikh faith, who was banned from the sport for refusing to shave his facial hair, reports Meaww.com.
Unwilling to back down from his religious beliefs, he chooses to fight back resulting in battles that transcend beyond the ring and into the courtroom. This incredibly moving story not only brings understanding and awareness to a religion that is often misunderstood but is also relevant in today’s socio-political climate.
In the film, Rourke portrays head coach and mentor Frank Donovan, while Janel Parrish plays Nagra’s attorney as he embarks on his journey of protecting his rights. Directed by Alister Grierson and produced by Rocco Pugliese, Jeff Maynard and Howard Nash, the brilliant screenplay is what the driving force behind the project. Both Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese star in the film as Nagra and his adversary, respectively. They co-wrote the screenplay and managed to raise $4 million to make the film and pitched the feature to Rourke directly while he was boxing at a gym, reported Variety.
Speaking of which, the duo said: “We were both drawn to this project for many reasons, but the main point was the true experience of Pardeep Nagra. The narrative of the film, the clash between institutions with long-held traditions and the individuals who challenge the paradigm because of how they identify, has a strong contemporary resonance today.”