The former India skipper was one of the best domestic players to have played for the club.
Former India national team captain, Late Krishanu Dey, is all set to have his story shown to the wider public, with a web series on his rise all set to premiere later this month. The former East Bengal legend’s TV series will be named “Krishanu Krishanu” and will be available on ZEE5 on August 29th.
Dey passed away in 2003 after long suffering from a pulmonary disorder and multi-organ failure at the tender age of 41. However, his reputation is still palpable among the football fans in Kolkata. He produced some majestic moments during the 1980s, while playing for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, with his expert work granting him the nickname, ‘The Indian Maradona,’ courtesy of his skills on the ball.
He also made 34 international appearances for the Blue Tigers, scoring 10 goals and becoming only the second Bengali after Subhash Bhowmick to score an international hat-trick. The web series will be directed by Korok Murmu, while Dey’s chatacter will be portrayed by Marathi actor Anurag Urha. The first season will be composed of eight episodes which will highlight the rise of Dey into the darling of Kolkata football.
The series is releasing in August to be in line with the club’s centenary year and Dey’s family is delighted to have his story being shown to a wider audience. Speaking about the decision, his son Soham told Millennium Post, “They (producers) want to release the first episode in August, when there will be a year to go for East Bengal’s centenary celebration.”
Talking about their feelings on the web series, his wife Sharmila said, “It is a very proud moment for all of us. He never got any award despite being called the Indian Maradona. This is equivalent to an award.” Their family is also happy about the actor who is portraying the legendary player and talking about Anurag’s preparations for the role Soham said, “He is training hard and honing his football skills to try and look like the way my father”
“They (director and producer) spoke to some of my father’s teammates to get a hang of how he was on the field and off it,” he added.
Dey earned legendary status for his menacing work for the Red and Gold during the 1980s. He won many trophies during his seven-year stint with East Bengal, including the Durand Cup, Rovers Cup and the IFA Shield treble in 1990. There are two seasons planned to take place as of now.