Ajay Devgn will play football legend Syed Abdul Rahim in an upcoming film. The sports biopic will be produced by Boney Kapoor along with Zee Studios and Fresh Lime Films.
The announcement was made on social media recently by Zee Studios.
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. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67x
— Zee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018
According to a report in Scroll, the film is directed by Amit Sharma with screenplay and dialogues by Saiwayn Quadras and Ritesh Shah.
Boney Kapoor told Times Of India that he was amazed at the fact that so many people are not aware of Syed Abdul Rahim and his achievements. Kapoor is of the opinion that it will take someone like Ajay Devgn to make sure that Rahim’s story reaches everybody. The film will inspire Indian youngsters to play football and bring the World Cup to India soon, he added.
I am honoured to be part of this incredible untold story a biopic on India’s legendary #football coach #SyedAbdulRahim Starring @ajaydevgn produced by #BoneyKapoor @ZeeStudios_ & @freshlimefilms screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/T0hA5c85Op
— Amit Sharma (@CinemaPuraDesi) July 13, 2018
More details regarding the cast and crew will be unveiled soon. A first look poster bearing the film’s title is expected to be launched later this month, as well.
Syed Abdul Rahim served the Indian football team as its coach and manager from 1950-1963. It was under his guidance that the Indian football team won Gold at the 1962 Asian Games. He also led the team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He died of cancer at the age of 54.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Ajay Devgn has announced another big historical project with Neeraj Pandey of A Wednesday and Special 26 fame. The actor will play Chanakya, the scholar, advisor, economist and political strategist of King Chandragupta Maurya, and the one credited with establishing the Maurya empire as a seat of power. 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 the pipeline. Devgn’s home production, Helicopter Eela, is expected to release this September.