Ajay Devgn’s next venture, the Syed Abdul Rahim biopic is expected to go on floors in June.
The film will be helmed by ‘Badhaai Ho’ director Amit Sharma. Makers have revealed that it will be a four-month start-to-finish schedule. Initially the biopic will be shot in Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Syed Abdul Rahim was a football coach of Indian team. During his period, the Indian football team won Gold at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta and reached the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The makers decided to shoot in three countries after their first schedule in India.
“We will film in three countries— Jakarta, Rome and Melbourne— to remain true to the events,” says Boney Kapoor who is producing the film with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta. He also added, “We hope to wrap up the shoot by October and are looking forward to a 2020 release.”
Ajay plays will be seen essaying the role of coach Syed Abdul Rahim. South Indian beauty Keerthy Suresh will play Ajay’s wife. Further, the makers revealed that both the leads will sports two looks in the biopic, which will chronicles Indian football team’s glory years from 1950 to 1963. The lead characters will age over a span of 15 years and that we won’t resort to prosthetics,” said producer Boney Kapoor. The story plot and script are ready. Makers are currently hunting for casting footballers. “They will be a mix of footballers who can act and actors who can play football,” informed Boney.
Latest reports suggest that the sports drama has a strong technical team. Laxman Utekar who has recently helmed the Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon starrer rom-com venture ‘Luka Chuppi’ will join the team as director of photography. ‘Pink’ and ‘Raid’ famed Ritesh Shah has penned down the dialogue, while ‘Neerja’, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Parmanu’ famed Saiwyn Quadras have written the screenplay.
Makers revealed, “We have been researching the subject for a long time and will soon sign up international football coach to ensure that we play ball authentically on screen.”