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The Murlikant Petkar Story: A Pakistani bullet stuck in his back for 59 years, the real Chandu Champion’s story will shake you.

Arun Sharma

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Muralikant Petkar and Karthik AryanImage Credit Source: Paralympic Committee, Kabir Khan Films

Karthik Aaryan’s film ‘Chandu Champion’ is the story of Muralikant Petkar, who won India’s first Paralympic gold medal in freestyle swimming. The trailer of the film was launched in Karthik Aryan’s city Gwalior. Karthik’s powerful performance in the film has won the hearts of all the viewers. Karthik has put in a lot of hard work to portray the character of Muralikant Petkar and the result is visible in the film. Let’s find out who was the real ‘Chandu Champion’ i.e. Muralikant Petkar, whose life Karthik Aaryan has brought to the big screen.

“In the 1965 war, I received nine bullet wounds, which left me disabled. “One of the nine bullets is still in my back.”

This has been said by Muralikant Petkar, who won India’s first gold medal at the German Paralympics in 1972. He currently resides in Thergaon area of ​​Pimpri-Chinchwad in Pune, Maharashtra. Petkar not only won gold for our country but also set a world record in Paralympic swimming. Seeing his contribution to the country and sports, the Government of India honored him with the ‘Padma Shri Award’ in the year 2018.

Muralikant Petkar was a resident of Sangli-Islampur, Maharashtra. He was fond of wrestling since childhood. He beat the son of the sarpanch of his village while fighting a riot in the arena and because of this, the sarpanch forced him to leave the village at the age of 13-14. He left the village and came to Pune. The woman with whom he lived in Pune got Muralikant admitted to a school. Later, his aunt’s husband recruited him into the ‘Army Boys’ (army training company).

Chandu Champion will see the story of Muralikant Petkar

Muralikant Petkar won India’s first Paralympic gold medal

Started with boxing

Initially he started playing hockey in the army. But when he could not be selected in the final team. Then he started boxing. Muralikant won many medals in boxing. He also won a silver medal in the boxing competition held in Japan in 1964. But the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changed his entire life.

How has life changed?

It is October 1965. A whistle blew on the India-Pakistan border at around four o’clock in the evening. Actually this whistle was for the start of the war. But the soldiers present thought it was a tea whistle and all came out to drink tea. When they came out, they saw heavy fire from fighter jets overhead. The soldiers immediately took up their positions and prepared to attack. Muralikant Petkar was also among these soldiers. Fighting the enemy, Muralikant came to a hill and suddenly he was shot in the head and back. He got injured and fell and in the meantime a vehicle ran over him. He fainted there.

Defeat was not accepted

Muralikant remained in a coma for almost two years. Due to memory loss, he did not even remember his name at first, but he won the battle with death. But he became crippled for life. He was later admitted to Ashwini Hospital in Mumbai for further treatment. There the doctor advised him to exercise his legs by swimming and playing sports. And from here began his journey to win a gold medal in the Paralympics. During this period he tried his hand at many sports as well as swimming.

At the 1968 London Paralympics, Muralikant Petkar Participated in javelin throwing and sailing. And he made it to the finals as well. But he could not get a medal. After this Petkar won the gold medal in 50m freestyle swimming at the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games held in Edinburgh (Scotland). Apart from this, Muralikant also won silver medal in javelin throw and bronze medal in shot put in this competition.

Naturally, his next goal was to compete in the 1972 Paralympics. But he had no money to go there. And because of this he almost canceled going to Germany. But former Indian cricket team captain Vijay Merchant gave Muralikant a chance to participate in the Paralympics with the help of Tata Motors, telecom companies and the Rotary Club. And in this Paralympic event, Muralikant Petkar set a world record time of 37.33 seconds in 50m freestyle swimming and also won the gold medal.

Where is Muralikant Petkar?

Muralikant Petkar not only came back from death’s door, but also turned his disability into his strength and wrote his country’s name in golden letters in the history of sports. At present, Petkar is guiding such youth who want to join the army. Apart from this, he is also helping the needy players financially. He wants the youth to take inspiration from him and bring gold medals in sports for the country.

Arun Sharma

Arun Sharma

I am Arun Sharma, a versatile news writer covering entertainment, sports, and breaking news.

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