Rajkummar Rao is all set to star in a biopic about Srikanth Bolla, a visually impaired industrialist, who is also the founder of Bollant Industries. The yet-to-be-named film has been written by Sumit Purohit and Jagdeep Sidhu, and will be directed by Tushar Hiranandani.
Talking about his character, Rao said in a statement, “Srikanth Bolla is an inspiration! It’s indeed a privilege to play such an inspiring persona who has been through a lot of hardships and despite that has risen like a phoenix! I am really looking forward to playing Srikanth. I’m happy to collaborate with Bhushan sir yet again, on this compelling project.”
The film is produced by T-Series & Chalk N Cheese Films Production LLP and is set to go on floors in 2022.
According to the official synopsis of the film, “Hailing from a small, nondescript village in rural Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth Bolla has faced adversities and overcome challenges. Born blind to poor, uneducated parents, Srikanth has faced immense opposition and struggle early in life right from his birth to fighting a long-standing legal battle with state after class 10 to opt science stream. However, Srikanth always had bigger dreams, he not only cleared his tenth and twelfth standard exams with flying colours but also managed to be the first international blind student to study at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.”
Bhushan Kumar, Managing Director and Chairman of T-Series, said in a statement, “Srikanth Bolla’s story testifies the very proverb of acing against the odds. Having faced so many challenges since birth, yet not letting anything hamper his dreams – his journey is truly inspirational. And it’s indeed a privilege to be associated with a person like him.”
Meanwhile, Rao has a few other films underway, including Bheed, directed by Anubhav Sinhaa. The film is a sociopolitical drama that features Bhumi Pednekar playing a lead role, alongside Rao. He also has a suspense thriller HIT-The First Case with Sanya Malhotra, which is scheduled to release in theatres on May 20.