By: Shubham Ghosh
Cricket fans in India have seen a number of biopics of former cricketers made over the last few years, including former captains Mahandra Singh Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin and former women cricket team captain Mithali Raj. A biopic is also set to come up on another former India cricketer Jhulan Goswami. A documentary has also been made on the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
Now, a biopic of another former captain Sourav Ganguly, who also served as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in recent times, is set to be portrayed on the big screen. Ganguly was recently in Mumbai earlier this week to finalise the biopic’s screenplay.
According to reports, the film is set to be a big-budget one, amounting to Rs 200 and 250 crore.
While the film’s script is still being written, reports claim that it will capture the entire journey of Ganguly, who led India between 2000 and 2005. He has been one of India’s most successful captains who also led the country to the final of the 2003 World Cup in Australia. From his days as a young cricketer and becoming the captain of the Indian national team to the historic win at the Lord’s and finally becoming the president of the BCCI, the film will cover all facets of the 50-year-old’s life.
However, fans are curious to know who will play Ganguly on screen and speculation is rife that star Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor will bag the leading role.
However, when Ganguly, fondly called ‘dada’ or elder brother in Bengali, was asked about by News18, he said no final decision was taken on the matter. Kapoor has played the leading role in a biopic in the past, portraying veteran actor Sanjay Dutt on screen in the film ‘Sanju’ and it was highly appreciated.
As per close sources, the former cricketer is in no hurry to get the biopic done. He wants everything to be lined up smoothly so that the biopic comes off as a factually well-made one.