Guwahati: Ace Bollywood filmmaker Anand Kumar has announced to make a biopic on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia.
The biopic will showcase the life of the former captain Bhutia. Kumar is currently looking for a director and lead actor for the film.
Expressing his excitement about the project, Bhutia said, “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. 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 (his football club)."
The footballer turned-politician from Sikkim further said that he will be involved in all the creative aspects of the film.
“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,” Bhutia said.
Anand Kumar who is known for Sanjay Dutt-Vivek Oberoi starrer film “Zila Ghaziabad”, told the media that the idea of making a film on football came to him during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Kumar has also directed several other Bollywood films including Delhii Heights in 2007, Jugaad in 2009. And now he is working on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia’s biopic.
Terming Padma Shri awardee Bhutia as a role model for young kids in the country, Kumar said, “Young kids like football more than cricket. That’s why I wanted to make a film on football. Bhutia’s story makes for a compelling film. He has won the Padma Shri and has been a role model for many young Indians, who follow the game of football.”
Once this biopic hits the theater, Bhutia will join the league of sports personalities like Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni and Sandeep Singh who have been immortalized on celluloid.
The Sikkimese footballer first became the captain of the Indian team in 1998-99. The legendary striker played for over 16 years for the Indian football team.