Director Amit Sharma on Ajay Devgn’s film Maidaan: It is the golden era of Indian football, not a biopic

first_img Next Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 17:50 IST Amit Sharma talks about his upcoming film MaidaanFilmmaker Amit Sharma said that he will not be following the usual tropes of a typical Bollywood sports drama with his upcoming movie Maidaan. The film will chronicle the golden years of Indian football and features Ajay Devgn as the legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.”It is a story of a person who has done a lot. I am not calling it a biopic, I am calling it the golden era of Indian football. The film is about that. So the challenge is how to make this in the best way,” Amit told PTI.Rahim served the Indian football team as coach and manager from 1950-1963. It was under his guidance that the Indian football team won gold at the 1962 Asian Games and he also led the team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.#maidaankicksoff today! Devgn (@ajaydevgn) August 19, 2019Amit also said that though the film is bigger in scale, his attempt is to tell the story in a new way.”The scale is bigger, football is there, sports is there, but it won’t be going in the cliche zone. We are trying to give it a fresh perspective. That’s the challenge,” he added.Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018Amit is aware that all eyes are on him post the twin wins of his 2018 directorial Badhaai Ho at the National Films Awards. The film was also his first production.Going forward, Amit also said that it will be his endeavour to make and back films which have “amazing” stories.”I will be producing and directing more films through my banner. When you get a National Award for the first film you produce, the challenge is to make sure whatever comes out next from here should also be amazing. It can’t be that we will make anything just because Badhaai Ho was a hit. No, it doesn’t work like that. Even if I am not directing and only producing with my partners, it has to be something which is talked about,” Amit said.There were also reports that a sequel to Badhaai Ho is underway but the director says he isn’t aware of this development.”There have been no discussions from my end on this. As of now, I have not thought of any story for Badhaai Ho 2,” he added.Watch the official trailer of Badhaai Ho:ALSO READ | Maidaan: Ajay Devgn kicks off film on football coach Syed Abdul RahimALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO READ | Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO WATCH | I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay DevgnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Ajay DevgnFollow Amit SharmaFollow Syed Abdul Rahim Director Amit Sharma on Ajay Devgn’s film Maidaan: It is the golden era of Indian football, not a biopicAmit Sharma, who is gearing up for the release of Ajay Devgn-starrer Maidaan, said that the upcoming film portrays the golden era of Indian football.advertisementlast_img read more