Pyaar Ka Punchnama director Luv Ranjan will bankroll the film under his banner Luv Films.
Dada fans, take a breather, there are only a few months before you would get to see snatches of your beloved cricket idol’s on-ground and off-ground life in Hindi cinema. Celebrated cricketer Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the Indian cricket team and current president of BCCI took to his Twitter handle to drop the announcement about the upcoming biopic on his journey. He wrote, “Cricket has been my life, it gave confidence and ability to walk forward with my head held high, a journey to be cherished. Thrilled that Luv Films will produce a biopic on my journey and bring it to life for the big screen.”
Cricket has been my life, it gave confidence and ability to walk forward with my head held high, a journey to be cherished.— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 9, 2021
Thrilled that Luv Films will produce a biopic on my journey and bring it to life for the big screen 🏏🎥@LuvFilms @luv_ranjan @gargankur @DasSanjay1812
And sealing the news further, popular filmmaker Luv Ranjan took to Twitter too, to announce that he will produce the film under his banner Luv Films. “It is more than an honour to have Dada in the Luv Films family! Thank you for making us a part of your life and letting us share it with the world.” In another post on Instagram, he took to announcing the news, “We are thrilled to announce that Luv Films will produce Dada Sourav Ganguly’s biopic. We are honoured to be entrusted with this responsibility and look forward a great innings.”
It can be safely said that the film will trace the arc of Sourav Ganguly’s cricketing career right on from his captainship of the Indian cricket team, to fetching international laurels for Indian cricket and finally extending his passion for the game into the post of the President of BCCI. While there is no confirmation on who will play Sourav Ganguly, but the Padma Shri Award winner and the 1997 Arjuna Award winner has earlier expressed his wish to have Ranbir Kapoor take on as his onscreen avatar.
Sports biopics are gradually but surely picking up as a creatively and commercially bankable genre in Hindi cinema, be it the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer biopic on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story helmed by Neeraj Pandey, or the Emraan Hashmi starrer Azhar, a biopic on Mohammad Azharuddin, helmed by Tony D’Souza, or the upcoming Kabir Khan directorial on Kapil Dev, 83 starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, or Taapsee Pannu’s Shabaash Mithu, a biopic on Mithali Raj, the captain of Indian women’s national cricket team.
Ganguly has etched a memorable mark in Indian cricket, scoring 7,212 runs in the 113 tests that he played and 11,363 runs in the 311 ODIs. He is counted among the most successful captains of India, with his significant contribution in Tests while also taking the team to the final of the ODI World Cup in 2003. He holds the record of being the third-fastest batsman to achieve 10,000 ODI runs in 263 innings, after only Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. His unbeaten 183 not against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup is the highest individual score for India at the ICC Men's 50-over World Cups. And he has won 11 overseas matches for India as the captain, second to Kohli.
With an illustrious spree of achievements such as these, to cite some, we hope the biopic serves up a montage of landmark moments from the cricketer’s journey along with the lesser-known and unknown stories off and on the field.
The release date of the film hasn’t been announced yet, but it might be directed by the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director. More details are awaited.