Films producer Sonu Sood, who is extending his cine journey from an actor, will himself be seen in the movie as Gopi Chand. The chief national coach has played the crucial role in India’s two Olympic medals in badminton – a bronze to Saina Nehwal in the London 2012 Games and Sindhu’s Silver in Rio de Janeiro four years later.
“I will be playing the role of Pullela Gopichand in the PV Sindhu biopic. It’s an honour to be able to portray him on screen. He also knows about it. I have met him a couple of times. It makes me feel really proud that I’ll be portraying someone of his stature on screen. I am looking forward to it,” Sonu Sood has told HT City. He will be meeting Gopichand to observe his style to prepare for the role.
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The lead for the film is not confirmed as yet. “We are in the final stages of locking the technicians, and hopefully, will be making an announcement soon. We will finalise the cast and crew by end of this year. Around the same time we will also start prepping… And if things fall in place as planned, then we might start shooting by the end of this year or by early 2020,” says Sood.
Sonu along with his team of writers has met Sindhu and her family on several occasions. “Our writers are constantly in touch with Sindhu and her family, and have travelled with them. The team spoke to her and have taken notes about everything including her experience of winning her first tournament. We are trying to make it as authentic as possible and make sure that we don’t miss out on the important aspects of her life. We are hopeful that this will be an inspiring film,” Sood is reported as saying.