Ronnie Screwvala and Abhishek Chaubey are teaming up again, this time with Premnath Rajagopalan as co-producer to bring the story of hockey legend Dhyan Chand to the big screen. Written for over a year by Supratik Sen and Abhishek, the duo have finally focused on the script, casting is underway and a prominent star is expected to come aboard to play the lead role.
Dhyan Chand celebrated how ‘The Wizard’ represented the Indian hockey team from 1925 to 1949, scoring over 1500+ goals in 185 games played as a center forward during his international career, which includes 3 Olympic gold medal wins in 1928 , 1932 and 1936. He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1956 and his birth anniversary, August 29, is celebrated as National Sports Day.
Director Abhishek Chaubey shares: “Dhyan Chand is one of the greatest hockey players in the history of our national sport, and it is a matter of pride to direct his biopic. We had a huge amount of research material in hand and, honestly, every result of his life deserves a separate story in itself. I am grateful to have a brilliant creative force like Ronnie Screwvala supporting the film and we are looking forward to starting next year. I hope to announce the lead actor soon. “
Ronnie Screwvala, who has produced several cult films of our time such as Rang De Basanti, Swades, One Wednesday, Uri – The surgical strike, Chiriya son is Barfi promises that Dhyan Chand will be among his best films. “Given the breadth and magnitude of Dhyan Chand’s life hits, I feel there could be no one better than Abhishek to direct the film and it is a real pleasure to collaborate with him again after Sonchiriya. Dhyanchand is the greatest icon of Indian sport that unfortunately today’s young people don’t know much about. There couldn’t be a more underdog story than DhyanChand’s and I can’t wait to bring this film to the public. “
Padma Bhushan Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar, Olympic medalist and top scorer at the 1975 Hockey World Cup, is thrilled to bring to the fore the sporting icon his father was. “There is no better hockey player in the world like 3-time Olympic gold medalist Dhyan Chand. When Rohit Vaid contacted me with a desire to make a film about my father, I was immediately drawn to his intensity and passion for the project. The genius of Dhyan Chand and his achievements will be seen by the world, my family and I are thrilled to be a part of it ”.
Blue Monkey Films producer Premnath Rajagopalan says he is honored to bring Dhyan Chand to the screen. “Rohit and I are grateful to Ashok Kumar and the family for putting their trust in us to bring the history of DC to the world. It is a legacy and a history that everyone should know, not only in our country but also in the world. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ronnie as this would be our second project. “
Dhyan Chand’s biopic will hit theaters in 2022.
Over 1500 goals, 3 Olympic gold medals and a story of Indian pride …
It gives us immense pleasure to announce our neighbor with #AbhishekChaubey – a biopic about the Hockey Wizard of India- #DHYANCHAND@RSVPMovies @prem_rajgo @pashanjal @realroark #SupratikSen @bluemonkey_film pic.twitter.com/hPbf8wrDVp
– Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) December 15, 2020
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