Anand Kumar, best known for Sanjay Dutt-Vivek Oberoi starrer “Zila Ghaziabad”, is working on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia’s biopic.
Bhutia joins the pantheon of sports personalities such as Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni and Sandeep Singh to be immortalised on celluloid through a biopic.
Kumar has conceptualised the biopic, which will showcase the life of Bhutia. He is currently in the process of finalising a director and lead actor for the film.
Bhutia is excited about the project and he believes the filmmaker is the right person to honour his journey.
“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),” Bhutia said in a statement here.
He will be involved in all the creative aspects of the film, the footballer-turned-politician said.
“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.
Kumar said that the idea of making a film on football struck him during 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“Young kids like the sport more than cricket. That’s why I wanted to make a film on football,” the director said. He added Bhutia’s story makes for a compelling film.