A biopic on Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia gets in the making

Filmmaker Anand Kumar of like Delhii Heights (2007) and Zila Ghaziabad (2013) to make a biopic on Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia

Bhaichung Bhutia A biopic on Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia gets in the making Source : Press

Sports biopics are catching the trend like a fire in the Indian film industry. Every filmmaker is sensing the brew of the new development to their advantage. The latest to join the category of sports biopics is filmmaker Anand Kumar's sports film on Indian footballer and ex-captain of Indian football team Bhaichung Bhutia. The casting and finalizing the director of the film is underway.

Confirming about the news, Bhaichung Bhutia revealed to a leading tabloid, "Anand got in touch with me about it. I am confident that he is the right person to tell my story.It was during the World Cup that I noticed that a large section of India's youth is now inclined towards the sport. Young kids prefer football to cricket and there has been a genuine change in the sporting passion in our country. That's why I wanted to make a film on football and who better to start with than Bhaichung. He has been a torchbearer of football in India."

Bhaichung informed that he will be monitoring the writing and the entire conceptualization of the film. He said, "I want the biopic to be as close to reality as possible. One of my main concerns was the writer and I was happy that Anand hired Prashant Pandey to write the film."

Adding further, the footballer continued, "I hail from a small town in Sikkim, but playing football for India wasn't my only dream. I always wanted to own a professional football club and I realised that dream with United Sikkim. But playing and managing a club at the same time was a professional challenge that I hadn't foreseen. We were relegated and to keep the club alive through adversity is an experience that I will never forget. Football wasn't just my livelihood, it is my passion and it fuelled all my dreams."

Filmmaker Anand Kumar, who is credited for his directorials like Delhii Heights (2007) and Zila Ghaziabad (2013) believes that Bhaichung's interesting life deserves to be translated in the reel.

"He has won the Padma Shri and he has been a role model for many young Indians, who follow the game of football. He is to Indian football, what Sachin Tendulkar is to cricket." Kumar said. The film will go on floors next year.