Ajay Devgn Will Star In Syed Abdul Rahim's Biopic
Reports are pouring in that after wrapping up the period drama, ‘Taanaji’, Ajay Devgn will start working on Syed Abdul Rahim’s biopic. Syed Abdul was India Football Team’s coach between 1950 and 1963. The biopic will be directed by Amit Sharma who also directed the hit movie, ‘Badhaai Ho’ and will go on floors in the first week of June.
“We are looking to shoot in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi, and are also actively exploring an overseas destination. Most of it will be shot in actual locations,” Amit tells the press. He also doesn’t rule out the possibility of taking the crew to a real football stadium. A great part of cities and landscapes from the time period around India’s independence will be created using visual effects.
If the reports are to be believed, the film will feature a number of footballers from across the globe while the director is almost done finalizing the cast. “We are looking for players who can act and vice versa. We have charted out a training plan for the entire cast and are in talks with someone who can help the actors develop their skills, build up stamina and understand the gameplay keeping their overall physical health in mind. We are also in the process of finalizing a sports choreographer from Hollywood,” Amit added.
Amit makes sure to clear it out that the movie is a mix of sports and human drama. “Football was his passion and it propelled everything Mr Rahim did, we have a beautiful story in our hands.” When Rahim took up the baton as the coach of the Indian football team, we won the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962, reaching the semi-finals of the 1956 Summer Olympic. Rahim passed away at the age of 53 due to cancer.