Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn is all set to play the role of Syed Abdul Rahim in a biopic on one of India’s most successful football coach and manager. The film is scheduled to release next year. Mr. Rahim served the Indian football team as its coach and manager from 1950-1963. It was under his guidance that the Indian football team won Gold at the 1962 Asian Games and he also led the team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He died of cancer at the age of 54. A former footballer and a teacher by profession, he was a good motivator and his tenure as a coach is regarded as a “golden age” of football in India. He also led the Indian team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Football tournament making India the first ever Asian country to achieve this place.
Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta, the sports drama will be directed by Amit Sharma who has the 2015 Arjun Kapoor–Sonakshi Sinha starrer Tevar to his credit and has recently wrapped up Junglee Pictures’ romcom Badhai Ho. Saiwayn Quadras who penned the Mary Kom and Neerja biopics, and more recently John Abraham’s Parmanu, has joined hands with Namaste London, Commando, D-Day, Airlift and Junglee writer Ritesh Shah to collaborate on the screenplay and dialogues. Over the years, several biopics are being made in India on sporting personalities bringing their struggle and hardships on screen and this one will be certainly one of the best.