A biopic on Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the Indian weightlifter who won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is in the works, according to a Hindustan Times report.
The Imphal-based film production company Seuti Films Production signed an agreement with the Olympic medallist on Saturday, at her residence in Nongpok Kakching village in Manipur.
The Manipuri film will also be dubbed in English and other Indian languages.
The biopic will be produced by RK Nalini Devi under the banner of Seuti Films Production. The screenplay and dialogue of the film will be written by Manaobi, the production company’s chairperson, and the biopic will be directed by OC Meira.
The upcoming film will feature Chanu’s childhood and her life in the village, her introduction and training in weightlifting, participation at national and international events, and lastly, her win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The biopic will also highlight her experiences in the city and other incidents, in a realistic manner, added the Hindustan Times report.
Speaking to PTI, Manaobi said, “We will start looking for a girl who can essay the role of Mirabai Chanu. She has to match the Olympic medallist’s age, height, physique and have some resemblance to her looks. Then, she has to be trained on Mirabai’s lifestyle. It will take at least six months to start shooting.”
Born on August 8, 1994, in Manipur, Chanu has won many tournaments including World Championships and Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards by the Government of India in 2018.
Chanu recently won the silver medal in the Women’s 49 kg weightlifting event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Prior to her achievement in Tokyo, she broke the national record by winning the first gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. In 2017, Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA.