One of the features of many Pakistanis is their ability to rise from modest situations to positions of considerable wealth, usually achieved through hard work and a determination to succeed. One such person is Syed Hussain Shah, who was born on 14 August, 1964. He started his life as a homeless child on the streets of Lyari, an impoverished neighbourhood in Karachi, and used to make his living as a daily wage labourer while sleeping on a footpath at night.
Hussain Shah is the only boxer in the history of Pakistan, and the first from South Asia, to put his country on the Olympics medals table after winning a historic bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Widely considered to be one of the finest boxers ever to emerge from Asia, Shah also has the distinction of winning the prestigious Asian Boxing Championship and multiple SAF Games Gold medals, while on his unbeaten streak at the top of Asian boxing for a decade.
Like any other patriotic Pakistani, Hussain Shah is very concerned and disappointed about the current situation of the boxing sport in Pakistan. He believes, Pakistan has a lot of boxing talent, but is at the mercy of corrupt people.
Currently living in Tokyo, Japan, Syed Hussain Shah is involved training professional boxers. Prior to this, as a senior coach, he had the opportunity to train boxers in various other countries.
Hussain Shah is one of those sportsmen who had worked hard for the pride of his country and deserves to be recognised. Unfortunately, soon after his retirement, he was forgotten by the public and media alike and his story buried in obscurity.
Logos Films, a local independent film and media production house has kick started the making of its debut feature film, which is based on the life of boxer Syed Hussain Shah. The sports biopic is the first in a three-part series of films, based on the stories of forgotten Pakistani heroes. According to a press release, it had been in pre-production since August 2013.
Lahore-based musician Adnan Sarwar is playing the role of Shah after attending a six-month-long training programme, in which he was guided by the boxer himself. Logos Films acquired the life rights for the sports biopic last year and the film is expected to be released in late 2014. The film production is taking place in Pakistan, United Kingdom and Japan.
Government of Pakistan awarded him Sitara-i-Imtiaz. His two sons also represent Pakistan in Judo.