Film director Tarsem Singh, known for his films The Fall, Mirror Mirror, Immortals, and The Cell has thrown his support behind squash’s bid for inclusion into the 2020 Olympic games.
An avid squash player, Tarsem joins fellow Hollywood star Dylan Neal who backed the bid earlier this week.
Born and raised in India, Singh pursued a move to the United States to study film at at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Singh began his career directing music videos including “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. which won “Best Video of the Year” at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, after transitioning to directing commercials for brands such as Nike and Coca-Cola, Singh made his feature film directorial debut in The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez.
In 2003, Tarsem directed one of the most elaborate Pepsi commercials to date starring Enrique Inglesias, Pink, Britney Spears, and Beyonce Knowles as Gladiators.
Tarsem’s second film, The Fall, debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, his third film, Immortals, was released in 2011, and his most recent film Mirror Mirror, an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story “Snow White” featuring Julia Roberts, was released in 2012.
Tarsem joins his countryman, members of the Indian National Cricket Team, who backed the bid earlier this year in addition to a growing cast of celebrities and top athletes from sports such as tennis, rugby, cricket, football, cycling, badminton, weightlifting, diving, and shooting.
Sunday July 28, marked exactly eight weeks until the International Olympic Committee will decide if squash can join the Olympics.
You can back the bid by contributing to the US Squash Olympic Fund, purchasing the “I backed the bid” One Sport racquet, following @vote4squash on twitter, and using the hash tag #vote4squash on social media.