Sushil Kumar is a double-Olympic medalist for India.
Sushil Kumar, Wrestler
In 2013, India’s double Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar found himself on the cover of a popular entertainment magazine. Titled “Men of the Year 2012”, he shared the cover with Ajay Devgn, Anurag Kashyap, Rohit Bal and Mohandas Pai.
It’s been a while but remind Sushil of the shoot and he rolls his eyes and shakes his head. “Bahut hi ajeeb tha… Ek alag hi duniya hain woh,” he says. Then why do it in the first place? “I was reluctant. But my guru Satpalji asked me to do it as it would help promote wrestling.” Interestingly, this wasn’t his first brush with spotlight. Just after his Olympic medal in 2008, he shot a commercial for NECC (National Egg Co-ordination Committee).
“The first day of the shoot was a harrowing experience. Ek minute ke liye mujhe laga ki yaar main kahan phas gaya hoon.” Being a vegetarian, who had never consumed eggs, added to his awkwardness.
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Ameeta Parsuram ‘Meeta’ Psychologist, Poet & Lyricist