The director is working on a biopic of the former India football coach and is likely to cast Ajay Devgn in the lead.
After Badhaai Ho success, Amit Sharma begins work on Syed Rahim biopic
Mumbai - 09 Nov 2018 19:00 IST
Updated : 22:28 IST
Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma has begun working on his next project, a biopic on the former India football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.
The film is likely to feature Ajay Devgn in the lead role, with Sharma currently busy with his research for the project.
The director shared pictures of himself with former India players Fortunato Franco and Tulsidas Balaram.
As #BadhaaiHo crosses 100cr mark, I prepare for my next... a film on golden years of Indian #football with the illustrious @ajaydevgn. Was amazing meeting football greats, Mr.Franco and Mr. Balaram, heard unbelievable true stories of #Rahimsaab. @freshlimefilms #BoneyKapoor. pic.twitter.com/sIPnXr8yIt— Amit Sharma (@iAmitRSharma) November 8, 2018
Sharma's last directorial, Badhaai Ho (2018), featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta, has crossed the Rs100 crore mark in box-office collections and is still going strong.
The biopic on former India coach Syed Abdul Rahim was in the works even before Badhaai Ho was released. Rahim is considered one of Indian football's pioneering coaches, and led the team to gold in the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in Delhi as well as in his final tournament at the Jakarta Asian Games in 1962.
The film was announced in July earlier this year, with Ajay Devgn cast as Rahim.
IT’S OFFICIAL... Ajay Devgn to star in biopic on legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim... Amit Sharma will direct the film [not titled yet]... Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta... Screenplay and dialogue by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah, respectively... Official announcement:
Speaking with the Bombay Times supplement of The Times of India newspaper, producer Boney Kapoor had said, "I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He is an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim."
Devgn is also working on Luv Ranjan's untitled next, as well as Neeraj Pandey's Chanakya, both of which are scheduled to be released in 2019.