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Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography A Shot at History will be adapted into a film with a US-based production house acquiring its movie rights.
Amit Bolakani,a New York-trained actor,found the book entertaining while being insightful and along with his business partners decided to acquire the rights.
“It’s an inspiring Indian story that has cinematic appeal for a wider world audience. We are in process to determine a director for the project,” said Bolakani who has trained with coaches who’ve worked with Anne Hathaway,Leonardo Di Caprio among others.
It was a tweet by actor Rahul Bose praising the book that sparked the idea to obtain rights for this book.
Sportswriter Rohit Brijnath collaborated with Bindra in producing the compelling autobiography of the Indian sports hero. “A Shot at History”,published by HarperCollins India,was released in 2011.
The book describes how the Olympics has been an all-consuming journey for Bindra ever since he was shattering beer bottles and glass ampoules in his garden in Chandigarh.
Shattered by his failure at the 2004 Athens Olympics when a gold medal seemed imminent,he changed as a shooter: from a boy who loved shooting,he became an athlete bent on redemption,a scientist who would try anything – from mapping his own brain to drinking yak milk to climbing rock walls to win at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.