Young people from the Slough Wrestling Club have produced a new documentary film chronicling on the history of Panjabi Wrestling in the UK, which will be showcased at The Curve.

‘A Slap in Time’ chronicles the sport that came to Britain with immigrants from the Panjab in he 1950s. With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the team worked with film makers digital works to explore the history of the sport which dates back 500 years from Persia to the Panjab.

The young filmmakers interviewed the older generation who grew up in the Panjab learning this sport in rural areas and competing against other local villages. A selected few would go on to fight for the Maharajas.

Ranjit Sandu, head coach of Slough Wrestling club and former Pahelwan as wrestlers are known, said: “They were like the Henry Cooper and Muhammad Ali’s of their day. There would be grudge matches between The Great Gama and others that would attract crowds of a hundred thousand.”

Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, with a responsibility for cultural activities, said: “We are so lucky in Slough to have a fantastic facility like The Curve, which has a diverse programme with something for everyone. A Slap in Time will be a fascinating film for Slough’s residents to watch and even better, it’s free.”

You can watch the film and find out more about it at a special free screening at The Curve on Saturday 23 March at 2pm. There will be some experienced wrestlers there to answer your questions, as well as the young film makers.