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Tiger (2018) - Movie Review

Tiger (upcoming film)
Tiger is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Alister Grierson, written by Michael Pugliese and Prem Singh, based on the true story of former Ontario flyweight boxing champion Pardeep Nagra, a Sikh who aspired to be a boxer only to be prevented from becoming one due to his refusal to shave his beard. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Janel Parrish, Prem Singh, and Michael Pugliese.

The film, which had its world premiere at the San Diego International Film Festival on October 13, 2018, was given a limited release in the United States and Canada by R3M Pictures on November 30, 2018, before rolling out to a nationwide release

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Plot
Tiger is inspired by the true story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, a practicing Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing due to his religious beliefs. Pardeep fights back with the support of his coach and mentor (Mickey Rourke) and a community lawyer (Janel Parrish). Obstacles faced include racial profiling by public officials, overtly racist threats, jealous rival boxers, and pressure to change from loved ones. It is within the course of these challenges, and at his weakest moment, that he discovers love (Janel Parrish). Consequently, his legacy will be forever tied to his two biggest battles; one in the courtroom, the other in the ring.

Cast

  • Mickey Rourke as Frank Donovan
  • Janel Parrish as Charlotte
  • Marshall Manesh as Kulwant
  • Prem Singh as Pardeep Nagra
  • Michael Pugliese as Bryan Doyle
  • Jacob Grodnik as Barry Zaya

Production
Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese began writing the screenplay in 2010. After years of trying to get the film to a camera, it finally started to come together in early 2015. Alister Grierson was attached in April of 2015. Prem and Michael found out Mickey Rourke trained with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club and took the next flight out. They waited for Mickey Rourke to leave the gym where they pitched him the project. He was later attached in September of 2015. Janel Parrish was later attached in October 2015.

Filming
Principal photography began in Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio in November 2015.

The making of the film reportedly caused a lot of road closings in the Hamilton area. Filming also took place in Miami University Hamilton. Principal photography wrapped in December 2015.

Music
Cezary Skubiszewski wrote and composed the original score with a full orchestra.

Manj Musik wrote the song "Punjabi Worldwide" for the film which features Fat Joe.

Accolades
On October 14, 2018, Tiger won the "Best Feature Film" award at the San Diego International Film Festival.

R3M Productions has set a Nov. 2 release date for the Mickey Rourke boxing drama “Tiger,” based on the story of Sikh boxer Pardeep Nagra, who refused to shave off his beard.

Tiger (2018) - Movie Review
Nagra was barred from competing in a Canadian boxing championship because of his beard, which is a mandatory article of his Sikh faith. He challenged the beard ban and in 2000, the Canadian courts ruled in his favor.

Production companies are R3M Productions, Running Tiger Films and Gold Pictures.
 Alister Grierson
 directed from a script by Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese. 
Producers are Rocco Pugliese, Jeff Maynard, Robert Kwartler and Howard Nash.

Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese both star in the film as Nagra and his adversary, respectively. They co-wrote the screenplay as a means of producing work they were passionate about after enduring frustration with the roles available to them. The duo raised $4 million to make the film and pitched the feature to Rourke directly while he was boxing at a gym.

R3M Productions has set a Nov. 2 release date for the Mickey Rourke boxing drama “Tiger,” based on the story of Sikh boxer Pardeep Nagra, who refused to shave off his beard.

Nagra was barred from competing in a Canadian boxing championship because of his beard, which is a mandatory article of his Sikh faith. He challenged the beard ban and in 2000, the Canadian courts ruled in his favor.

Tiger (2018) - Movie Review
Production companies are R3M Productions, Running Tiger Films and Gold Pictures.
 Alister Grierson
 directed from a script by Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese. 
Producers are Rocco Pugliese, Jeff Maynard, Robert Kwartler and Howard Nash.

Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese both star in the film as Nagra and his adversary, respectively. They co-wrote the screenplay as a means of producing work they were passionate about after enduring frustration with the roles available to them. The duo raised $4 million to make the film and pitched the feature to Rourke directly while he was boxing at a gym.

Rourke portrays head coach and mentors, Frank Donovan, while Janel Parrish plays Nagra’s attorney as he embarks on his journey of protecting his rights. The film will debut at select festivals in the early fall and hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Canada on Nov. 2. It will continue to expand in the following weeks.

“It was great working with these two young guys on this film,” said Rourke. “I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them around very soon.”

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