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Rudranil Ghosh to make his Hindi debut with Maidaan

The actor will play Shubhankar, an important member of the Football Federation.

Roushni Sarkar

Rudranil Ghosh is all set to make his Hindi debut with Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s Maidaan (2020), featuring Ajay Devgn in the lead. Based on the glorious period of the Indian football team during 1952 to 1962, the film will star Devgn as Indian football coach and manager Syed Abdul Rahim. Ghosh will play Shubhankar, an important member of the Football Federation.

The actor, currently shooting for the film in Mumbai, said that he was first approached for the role this March. According to a report by the newspaper, Times of India, he was initially chosen for a small role, but the director changed his mind after watching his audition tape. Ghosh revealed that his look test lasted for almost nine hours.

Ghosh is undergoing some physical training for his role. However he said his act is more psychological and has lots of shades to it.

He also mentioned that he was quite nervous in the beginning, but Sharma is a director who loves to give space to his actors and instilled confidence in him, saying he will do well. While giving tips on speaking Hindi, the director also instructed him to think in Hindi for the time being.

Considering himself honoured for having the opportunity to share screen with Devgn, Ghosh said, “He speaks very little and smiles at times. He mostly kept busy with the script when he was not giving a shot. He’s also very calm and a very cooperative and helpful co-actor.”

Maidaan also features recent National award-winner Keerthy Suresh and actor Gajraj Rao, who played the protagonist in Sharma’s Badhai Ho (2018), in a crucial role.