Pullela Gopichand biopic announced on his birthday; will go on floors in 2018
A biopic on former badminton player and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand was announced on his birthday on 16 November.
Mumbai: A biopic on former badminton player and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand was announced on his birthday on 16 November.
Fox Star Studios in collaboration with Abundantia Entertainment is set to present the biopic. The film, in Hindi and Telugu, will chronicle Gopichand's exciting journey on and off the court.
Born in 1973 in Andhra Pradesh, Gopichand, whose first love was cricket during his growing-up years, rose to become one of the top badminton players in the country and won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001.
He retired in 2003 and opened country's premier badminton institution — Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. The sports academy has produced a few of the country's leading badminton players such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi.
"Badminton is at an inflection point in our country and nothing delights me more than to see the rapidly growing interest for the sport, especially with the youth. I would be proud if by sharing my story as a film, we can encourage more and more people to pursue their dreams. I am excited with the developments on the film," Gopichand said in a statement.
The scripting of the film is underway and the shoot will commence in mid-2018.
"Indian Badminton has seen great success with two successive medals coming from Olympics and with this latest news of the World Championships is the right stimulant for the game," BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania said.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.