Photo Source: 'Toofaan' poster

Toofaan, the upcoming Hindi sports drama film starring actor Farhan Akhtar as a national-level boxer, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on May 21, the streaming platform announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Toofan is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. 

The film is produced by Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner Excel Entertainment in association with Mehra’s ROMP Pictures banner.

Apart from Akhtar, the film also features actors Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Supriya Pathak Kapur, and Hussain Dalal.

Sidhwani said Toofaan will be “inspirational” and said that the film presents “the story of a goon from the streets of Dongri [port area in Mumbai’s Thane] set against the backdrop of boxing, his fall and triumphant comeback against all odds in life.”

Vijay Subramaniam, director and head content, Amazon Prime Video, said in a press release, “The film is an engaging and inspiring tale of the power of perseverance and following ones’ passions against all odds.”

The film marks the second collaboration between Akhtar and Mehra. Their previous outing, biographical drama Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), was also a sports-based drama where Akhtar essayed the role of former field sprinter Milkha Singh. The film was critically acclaimed and performed well at the box office.

Speaking about the collaboration, Mehra said that their previous collaboration helped him to ascertain Akhtar as Toofaan’s protagonist. “The best thing about him is that he does not act the part, but lives it completely. Toofaan is a story that will motivate and inspire all of us to get out of comfort zones and fight towards achieving our dreams.”

Toofaan started its shooting in August 2019 and it was wrapped up before the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown was imposed in India from March 2020.