Rajit Kapur to play Sachin Tendulkar's coach, Ramakant Achrekar, in upcoming docu-drama
Actor Rajit Kapur is known for his phenomenal performances in films like Shyam Benegal's Mammo, Zubeidaa and The Making of the Mahatma, for which actor was conferred with the National Award for the Best Actor in 1996. He rose to immense popularity with Doordarshan's TV series Byomkesh Bakshi in which he played the titular role.
He is all set to star in an upcoming docu-drama based on the life of Sachin Tendulkar's cricket coach, Ramakant Achrekar, titled Sir, reports The Hindu.
This film is being directed by National Award-winning director Pramod Purswane. Speaking about the film, Purswane told Mid-day, "Rajit and I have known each other for several years. This was the perfect opportunity to collaborate. He looks the part. Achrekar's students, especially Sachin, is helping Rajit understand the man. Rajit will be able to deliver what I imagined Achrekar felt when I heard about his stories from Sachin, Chandrakant Pandit, Pravin Amre and Suresh Shastri." Purswane also informed that in today's day and age when students are struggling to find teachers, Achrekar would go beyond his means to help and train his students, when he himself had financial crunch.
Since there isn't much of archival footage of the legendary coach, most of the film's research is based on what people close to him have said.
Speaking to The Hindu, former cricketer and Achrekar's student, Atul Ranade said that the film is not essentially a biopic and it deals with the "student-teacher relationship". It will have Sachin talk about Achrekar helped him become the cricketing legend he is today. The title of the film, Sir, was also reportedly suggested by the Tendulkar himself.
Sir is slated to release on 3 December also commemorating Achrekar's birthday.