Most of the sport-based biopics have done well in Bollywood. From Dangal to M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story to Mary Kom to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, such films have not only done well but are also considered inspirational. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani are already making a sports film, Gold, directed by Reema Kagti and starring Akshay Kumar in leading role. It is based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh, who was on the team that won the first Olympic medal for India in 1948.
And now Farhan and Ritesh are all set to come up with another sports biopic, on the life of Deepa Malik, India’s first and only woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. As per reports, the script developing team of their production house, Excel Entertainment, shared the script for Ritesh. He was bowled over by the story and scheduled a meeting with Deepa Malik. What was supposed to be a thirty minute discussion went on for five hours as Deepa narrated her entire journey to Ritesh. The producer admitted that holding the silver medal that she won gave him gooseflesh. He also observed that he didn’t feel anything differently abled about her and that her sheer strength and determination deserved to be told on screen.
The casting for Deepa Malik biopic hasn’t begun but the film is expected to go on the floors early next year. Ritesh is confident that essaying Deepa will be a career-defining role for any actress. He plans to feature her children, husband, her hometown Bhaiswal in Haryana and her iconic win at Rio.
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