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CFC acquires rights for biopic on tennis player Vijay Amritraj

The untitled film will be co-produced by Cinestaan Film Company and his son, Prakash Amritraj.

Vijay Amritraj

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It’s raining sports biopics! After Olympians Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Abhinav Bindra, it’s the turn of veteran sportsman and former Indian Davis Cup captain Vijay Amritraj to get the biopic treatment. The upcoming film will be co-produced by Cinestaan Film Company (a sister company of Cinestaan Digital Private Limited which runs this website) and Vijay’s son, Prakash, who is also a tennis player.

Vijay, a Wimbledon and US Open quarterfinalist, was arguably India’s biggest singles tennis players and beat legendary players like Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe during his professional days in the 1970s and 1980s. Along with his brother Anand Amritraj, he won several tournaments on different surfaces. He lead the Indian Davis Cup team to the finals in 1974 and 1987.

In a press release, Rohit Khattar, the chairman, who acquired the rights for Amritraj’s story, said, “Before Vijay no Indian sportsman has been celebrated on the world stage in this manner. We all felt so proud as Indians to read about his triumphs overseas and today we, at Cinestaan Film Company are thrilled to help bring his incredibly inspiring story to the screen. Many who know of Vijay’s successes will be in awe when they see the challenges that were presented to him in early life before he achieved greatness, as we were when we heard it first hand from him.”

Besides the global tennis stage, Vijay had a short stint as an actor, first in the Bond film, Octopussy (1983) as a MI6 agent Vijay and as a starship officer in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Vijay, who now lives in the US, lends his expertise as a sports commentator.

Vijay achieved many firsts as India’s number one tennis champion, getting the better of some of the greatest names in tennis history.

Commenting on the yet-to-be-made biopic, the 63-year-old Vijay said, “Parents' love, compassion, dedication and hard work under the most trying circumstances can make a child’s dream come true even if he or she is nowhere near good enough in anything. I am humbled that a company like Cinestaan Film Company would want to tell my story but this is about mothers, children and overwhelming love.”

Vijay’s son also expressed his excitement at bringing his father’s story to the world. Prakash said, “While the world knows of his numerous achievements, my brother Vikram and I have always felt if everyone was to know his character and the love that made him; the world could truly be a better place and more seeds of love, inspiration, and hope will be sown.”

The former Chennai native started the Vijay Amritraj Foundation, an international charity helping the poor in India, in 2006 and was also named a UN ambassador of peace in 2001.