Mumbai: Boxer-turned-actress Ritika Singh wants to balance both her training in boxing as well as acting in films. Ritika, a national-level kick boxer, is well-versed with mixed martial arts and karate. Now she is making her debut in Hindi films with actor R Madhavan in “Saala Khadoos”.
“I would love to do films as it is a different experience. I am open to do all kind of films. I want to try something else as I can’t do action. I have got beaten up and beat up people. I will continue to train whenever I have fights. I have a knee injury… hope it gets well soon,” Ritika told reporters here at an event.
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Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is co-producing the film, which releases on January 29. “It was a dream come true as in my first film I have Rajkumar Hirani as the producer and Madhavan as my co-star. Who can get a better role than this?” Ritika said.
When asked her about facing competition in the industry, she said, “I am not an insecure person. Thanks to my training in martial arts I have it in me to appreciate good work, say wow and say ‘You deserve it’.”
Ritika’s father, who was present at the event, is proud of his daughter and her achievements in life so far. Ritika shared she is inspired by American mixed martial artist-actress Ronda Rousey.
“I am inspired by Ronda Rousey. She is a fighter and a superstar who is doing films. She is focused and dedicated. I want to be like like her as a person.”
Actress Priyanka Chopra played boxer Mary Kom in the film titled “Mary Kom” and Ritika is all praise for her. “Priyanka is my favourite actress and I like her a lot. She is in Hollywood and I admire her. She did a great job in ‘Mary Kom’. I don’t think any other actress could have done it,” Ritika said.