After Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood is set to make a biopic on yet another Indian cricketing legend, Sourav Ganguly. Recently, renowned film produced Ekta Kapoor confirmed that she is in talks with Sourav Ganguly for getting a biopic made on the former Indian captain. The left handed batsman, popularly known as DADA too didn’t rule out on a possibility of the biopic.
“I have had a few discussions with Balaji, though nothing is final yet. I’ll have more details once we take this forward,” said Sourav while interacting with the media. The former Indian captain reinvented the manner of playing cricket in India and built an attitude in the team to not just win in India but also abroad. Sourav is truly known as one of the major pillar’s of Indian cricket and is credited for getting the fighting spirit and aggression in team India. His captain-ship aside, he is the second highest Indian run-scorer after Sachin Tendulkar in ODI’s and ended his career with over 11,000 runs.
Ganguly’s journey in cricket has everything that you need for a commercial Hindi film, right from controversies, to romance to inspiration. Be it his historic debut for team India in Lords in 1996, or his controversy with Greg Chappel in 2005 or the comeback in 2006 or the forceful retirement in 2008 at the peak of his career. Well, his story has everything in it to inspire the youngsters and strike chord with the audience if made well. As a person, Ganguly came across as an extremely reserved and level headed in real life, whereas we got to see a diametrically different side of the cricket on field. Given his mannerisms and attitude, the 6 actors who would best fit the bill are:
1. Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor has proved his worth as an actor time and again, and given his love for sports, it would be quite interesting to see him step into the shoes of the former Indian captain, and make the biopic a memorable affair.
2. Ranveer Singh
Apart from Ranbir Kapoor, another actor who has constantly silenced his critic with powerful performance one after another is Ranveer Singh. Right from Band Baaja Baraat to Padmaavat, Singh raised the bar of performance with every passing film. He is already preparing for the biopic of Kapil Dev, and since he is already into the cricket mode, why not another biopic around a legendary cricketer?
3. Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor comes across as a very subdued person in real life, however he somehow manages to ignite the screen with his energy. This is a trait similar to Sourav Ganguly, so he automatically becomes an obvious choice for the film.
4. Sushant Singh Rajput
The man who pulled off the character of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with utmost conviction, can play another cricketing character too. Acting apart, Singh is someone who doesn’t seem to know a lot about the cricketing legend as he has been disrespectful to Sourav a couple of times on twitter. May be reading the script of the biopic would make him “ATLEAST” respect the contribution of Dada to Indian cricket….. And change the false perception he has in mind!
5. Farhan Akhtar
This is quite an unconventional choice for the role, but none the less Farhan is a fantastic actor who is currently going through a low phase of his career as his last few films failed to do the trick at the Box-Office. A biopic of Ganguly would provide him an opportunity to appeal to a large set of audience and get the career back on track. That apart, he has the experience of playing a sporting legend – Milkha Singh, in his biopic.
6. Rajkummar Rao
Yet another unconventional choice, but none the less Rajkummar Rao till date has never been a part of a sporting film, and a biopic on someone as popular as Sourav Ganguly would be an ideal scenario for him to venture into this genre. As Rao in the past said, he is here to experiment and take up films belonging to different genres.
Who would you like to see play the titular role in Sourav’s biopic? Do let us know.