‘Takhti, the World Champion’ has revealed a new trailer while on the silver screen during Iran’s Nowruz screening season.
Directed by Bahram Tavakkoli and produced by Saeed Malekan, the film depicts the life of Iranian world wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti.
Among the cast list are Atila Pesyani, Mahour Alvand, Hamid-Reza Azarang, Banipal Shoumoun, Parivash Nazariyeh, Behnoush Tabatabaee, Farhad Ayish, Siavash Tahmoures, Masoumeh Qasemipour, Setareh Pesyani, Alireza Goudarzi, and Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.
Tavakkoli’s film had its premiere as a contender at the 37th Fajr Film Festival in Iran. The film got 11 nominations at the film event and succeeded to win two Crystal Simorgh awards in the categories of Best Cinematography and Best Set Design.
Takhti was born in Tehran on August 27, 1930. At the age of 15, he enrolled in Poulad Club in southern Tehran and was trained to become a wrestler.
He won his first Iranian championship in 1950 and later in 1951 he won a silver medal at the world freestyle championship in Helsinki, Finland. That was one of the first international medals gained by Iranian wrestlers.
Takhti also won several other medals, but that is not the only reason why he is so popular among Iranians. He proved to be a real hero by showing such exemplary character as being of any sort of help to the poor and needy.
The 37th Fajr Film Festival was held on January 30-February 11, 2019, in Tehran and several other Iranian cities.