Following the footsteps of his contemporaries Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn has announced his plans of doing a sports biopic. The film will be based on Syed Abdul Rahim, Indian football team’s most successful coach and manager from 1950-1963.
Rahim led the team that entered the semi-finals of the Melbourne Olympics Football Tournament, making it the first-ever Asian team to reach that far in the game, according to report. His tenure as coach is considered to be the golden age of football in the country. He died of cancer at the age of 54.
Making the official announcement about the movie, Zee Studios took to its Twitter handle and wrote, “Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish.”
IT’S OFFICIAL… Ajay Devgn to star in biopic on legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim… Amit Sharma will direct the film [not titled yet]… Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta… Screenplay and dialogue by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah. pic.twitter.com/MbhCvvHBrZ
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 13, 2018
Talking about Devgn playing the lead role in the sports biopic, Boney Kapoor said, “An actor like Ajay is most apt for essaying this character. We hope that the film inspires millions of youngsters and soon India plays in the World Cup and becomes a potent force in World Football.”
On the work front, Devgn announced another big project where he will be essaying the role of great political thinker Chanakya. Apart from Chanakya, he has films like Total Dhamaal, Sons of Sardaar: The Battle of Saragarhi and Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor in his kitty.