Bhaichung Bhutia's life and career to be depicted in biopic
Written by: Sourav Neogi
The director of the film is yet to be finalized.
Former Indian football team captain and Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia's life and career are going to be the subject of an upcoming biopic by Anand Kumar, Hindustan Times reports.
Bhutia (41), who had a famed career playing for Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, enjoyed a 16-years-long span with the Blue Tigers, as he went onto score 27 times. He is also one of the few Indians to have played for European sides when he made his debut for Bury FC on 3rd November, 1999.
As one of the most decorated players in Indian football, the Sikkimese Sniper has won three SAFF Cups (1997,1999,2005), two Nehru Cups (20076, 2009) and one AFC Challenge Cup (2008), with the Indian team. He was also conferred with the Arjuna Award in 1998 and Padma Shri in 2008 among others.
Bhutia's biopic follows the trend of earlier films depicting the lives of other Indian sports personalities such as Milkha Singh, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni and Sandeep Singh.
“I am honoured that people feel that my journey is worth capturing for the big screen. I am certain that Anand will do justice to my story," Bhutia said.
“I want the biopic to be as close to reality as possible. I was concerned about the writing process, but the moment I learnt that Anand has got Prashant Pandey (writer of ‘Sarkar’, ‘Poorna’ and ‘Raid’) on board, I was relieved,” he added.
When asked about what made him take up such a project Kumar said, "He has won the Padma Shri and has been a role model for many young Indians, who follow the game of football."
“Young kids like the sport more than cricket. That’s why I wanted to make a film on football,” he further added.
Published: Wed Nov 14, 2018 02:35 PM IST