Mahendra Singh Dhoni is producing a biopic on late Major Dhyan Chand. There cannot be a better tribute to the legend. Dhyan Chand’s family is elated. The film will depict the life and fetes of Dhyan Chand, christened ‘The Wizard of Hockey’ with over 400 international goals. Varun Dhavan is tipped to play on-screen Dhyan Chand. Karan Johar to be the co-producer.
“Dhoni as a sporting icon will be able to do justice with the dignity and contribution of Dhyan Chand Jee,” says Ashok Dhyan Chand, Major Dhyan Chand’s son and former India hockey captain. “Dhoni as a sportsperson would be able to bring to the world the sportsman in Dhyan Chand jee.”
The rights for the Major Dhyan Chand biopic were acquired by Mumbai-based Walkwater Productions five years ago. For the Dhyan Chand family a biopic on the legend was more important than any commercials. “Our only consideration for granting the rights was that the people should know more about Babuji. People have heard so much about the great Dhyan Chand Jee. We want they also get to see the legends about him,” says Ashok Dhyan Chand. “It is disappointing that they (Walkwater Productions ) acquired the rights and did not do anything after that.”
InsideSport.co reached out to Walkwater Productions office. No one in the office was ready comment on the matter.
For Dhoni, it will be the second stint with cinema. Earlier, his own biopic last year – MS Dhoni: The Untold Story – has been a blockbuster hit. Biopics on sports personalities have traditionally been big hits on celluloid.
To depict Dhyan Chand’s life in two hours will be the biggest challenge for the script writer and the director. There are numerous amazing feats, there are a number of unbelievable tales. One of the legends goes that so impressed was Adolf Hitler with the Major, that he had offered him citizenship of Germany and a position in the German Army. The patriot Major declined the offer. It is said that once Dhyan Chand had failed to score in a match. After the game he disputed the measurements of the field. The goal post was found to be in contravention with the rules.
The magician of cricket, Sir Donald Bradman, who mesmerised the cricketing fraternity with his insatiable hunger for runs too had praised Dhyan Chand’s hockey skills. In 1935, Dhyan Chand had met cricket great Don Bradman at Adelaide. And, after watching him play, Bradman commented: “He scores goals like we score runs in cricket.”