After Saina Nehwal, chief national coach of the Indian badminton team and Padma Shri awardee Pullela Gopichand’s journey will be translated onto the silver screen in a biopic by Fox Star Studios. The film will be bilingual as it will release in both Hindi and Telugu since Telugu is Gopichand’s mother tongue as he hails from Andhra Pradesh.
Today, on the birthday of Gopichand, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on Twitter as he wrote, “Fox Star Studios collaborates with Abundantia Ent [#Baby and #Airlift] to present the biopic of ace badminton player and Chief National Coach of Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand… Biopic will be made in Hindi and Telugu… Scripting underway… Shoot commences mid-2018.”
Fox Star Studios collaborates with Abundantia Ent [#Baby and #Airlift] to present the biopic of ace badminton player and Chief National Coach of Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand… Biopic will be made in Hindi and Telugu… Scripting underway… Shoot commences mid-2018.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 16, 2017
Pullela Gopichand is the man who brought Indian Badminton into the limelight and was responsible for Indian shuttler P V Sindhu’s silver medals at 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 BWF World Championships. Others who have been trained by Gopichand includes Saina Nehwal (former world number one and bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics) and Srikanth Kidambi (winner of two badminton super series, Australia Open and Indonesian Open), Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Dutt, Arun Vishnu and Parupalli Kashyap.
Commenting on the biopic, Gopichand, said, “Badminton is at an inflexion 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 and look forward to Vikram and Fox Star taking this film to the masses.”
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, says “It’s a proud moment for us to present the incredible story of Pullela Gopichand. It’s an inspirational story of a man who not only was an outstanding player but went onto coach the new generation of players and has changed the face of badminton sport and has taken it to its current heights. Fox Star Studios has a proud legacy of presenting real stories like Neerja and MS Dhoni and we are proud to associate with Gopichand and Vikram Malhotra.”
Pullela has also been training Shraddha Kapoor for the upcoming biopic on Saina Nehwal’s life. The biopic on the ace shuttler is said to be bankrolled by Vikram Malhotra who has earlier produced movies like Airlift, Baby and Chef. While the film is still in the scripting stage, it will be interesting to see which actor will fit into the shoes of the 44-year-old sportsman.