After Saina Nehwal, a biopic is also announced on coach Pullela Gopichand’s life.
Fox Star Studios, the makers of M.S. Dhoni biopic, will be depicting the life and achievements of the All-England Champion and the force behind India’s elevation in world badminton on the silver screen. The biopic on the Arjuna, Dronacharya, Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan awards recipient will showcase Gopichand’s personal life as well as his playing and coaching careers.
The information is shared on Twitter by trade analyst Taran Adarsh. On the occasion of Gopichand’s birthday, he has tweeted that “Fox Star Studios collaborates with Abundantia Ent [#Baby and #Airlift] to present the biopic of ace badminton player and Chief National Coach of Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand… Biopic will be made in Hindi and Telugu… Scripting underway… Shoot commences mid-2018.”
Fox Star Studios collaborates with Abundantia Ent [#Baby and #Airlift] to present the biopic of ace badminton player and Chief National Coach of Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand… Biopic will be made in Hindi and Telugu… Scripting underway… Shoot commences mid-2018.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 16, 2017
Gopichand was behind Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu’s Olympics medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games respectively. He has also trained giant killer Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and a majority of India’s ace shuttlers.
“Badminton is at an inflexion point in our country and nothing delights me more than to see the rapidly growing interest in the sport, especially with the youth. I would be proud if by sharing my story as a film, we can encourage more and more people to pursue their dreams. I am excited with the developments on the film and look forward to Vikram and Fox Star taking this film to the masses,” Mumbai Mirror has commented the ace coach as saying.
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios is also reported as saying that “it’s a proud moment for us to present the incredible story of Pullela Gopichand. It’s an inspirational story of a man who not only was an outstanding player but went on to coach the new generation of players and has changed the face of badminton sport and has taken it to its current heights. Fox Star Studios has a proud legacy of presenting real stories like Neerja and MS Dhoni and we are proud to associate with Gopichand and Vikram Malhotra.”
As the script for the Pullela Gopicand story is being finalized, it is still to be ascertained that who will play Gopichand on celluloid.