Ghoomer True Story: Who is 'real-life' Aaina portrayed in R Balki's movie?

Ghoomer is loosely based on the true story of the late Hungarian shooter Karoly Takacs who overcame adversity after a serious hand injury and won two Olympic medals. 

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After a moderate performance at the box office, filmmaker R Balki is all set to drop his inspiring movie Ghoomer on the OTT platform. Written and directed by R Balki, Ghoomer will be available for streaming on Zee5 starting from November 10, 2023. Starring Shabana Azmi, Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, Angad Bedi, and more in the lead roles, Ghoomer is a cricket drama. For the unversed, Ghoomer is loosely based on the true story of the late Hungarian shooter Karoly Takacs who overcame adversity after a serious hand injury and won two Olympic medals. 

 

Who is real-life Aaina?

 

Bollywood actress Saiyami Kher plays the character of Aaina who is an aspiring cricketer who is a paraplegic.  The character of Aaina is fictional, however, the makers have developed the characters inspired by real-life Hungarian shooter Karoly Takacs. 

 

Karoly Takacs was only the third known specially-abled athlete to have competed in the Olympic Games after George Eyser in 1904 and Olivér Halassy in 1928, followed by Liz Hartel in 1952, Neroli Fairhall in 1984 and Oscar Pistorius in 2012. To be precise, Karoly Takacs was the first shooter to win two Olympic gold medals in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol event, both with his left hand after his right hand was seriously injured.

 

Hailing from Budapest, Karoly Takacs was a world-class shooter. However, Karoly was denied a place in the Hungarian shooting team for the 1936 Summer Olympics on the grounds that he was a sergeant, and only commissioned officers were allowed to compete. However, during the 1940 Olympics, the prohibition was lifted. 

 

As per reports, in 1938, Karoly's right hand was badly injured during the army training when a faulty grenade exploded. However, this did not stop him and Karloy won two Olympic gold medals from his other hand. 

 

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