The series will tell the stories of star Kabaddi players.
Star Sports is set to showcase a special documentary ‘Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’, that follows the journey of six individuals who not only dared to dream but were crazy enough to pursue it. These six stories highlight the efforts and stride kabaddi heroes have made through their lives and the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL).
The three-part series – that begins on March 4th, 2021 on the Star Sports Network at 5 PM – focuses on the ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari, ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur, ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal, ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat, ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali and Siddharth ‘Bahubali’ Desai, by depicting their struggles, their pursuit for glory and their eventual rise as the game went global.
Talking about his journey, Ajay Thakur said, “It was my father’s dream to represent India and when he was unable to fulfil that dream, I ensured that it stayed alive through me. That’s when I decided to become a kabaddi player and represent India. My father’s dream fuelled my desire to not only become a PKL star but also win the World Cup for India. ‘Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’ is an ode to my father and his contribution to my career.”
Dubki King Pardeep Narwal also shared some highlights of his journey. He remarked, “Rindhana is the Heartland of Kabaddi and the hometown of Narwals – the most famous Kabaddi clan. While growing up, I always felt like a misfit and never thought I could carry the great Narwal name on my shoulders. I took it up as a challenge to prove everyone around me wrong – I put my heart, soul, and hard work into kabaddi. ‘Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’ showcases my journey towards my goal.”
Known as the ‘Showman’ among Indian fans, Rahul Chaudhari’s rise has been exceptional in the last few years. He reflected on the impact his sister-in-law had on his life. Rahul stated, “My Kabaddi coach is a fierce woman from Uttar Pradesh who eventually married my brother. Right from the offset, my sister-in-law was my biggest inspiration, as she pledged to make me a successful Kabaddi player.”
“She motivated and moulded me to become the kabaddi player I am today. She’s a sports teacher and her guidance and patience helped me to understand the commitment this sport requires. ‘Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’ brings forth the motivation I had throughout my journey.”
Iran’s Fazel Atrachali revealed how Kabaddi came naturally to him. Fazel said, “Being brought up in a country which was going through civil unrest, wrestling became the focal point of my entire childhood. I think Kabaddi came naturally to me and with my wrestling background defending became second nature.”
“I became the captain of Iran’s national team at 22 and there was no looking back after that. With a little bit of luck on my side, I managed to break into the team of U-Mumba and currently I captain the side as well. ‘Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’ traces my journey from Tehran to Mumbai,” he concluded.