Announced way back in 2019, the biographical sports film had witnessed numerous delays in production, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an indefinite delay in the production of several films including Ajay Devgn-starrer Maidaan. But the shoot of this biographical sports film will finally start, according to Bollywood Hungama.
The film shoot will resume on August 20 and reportedly continue for three days until August 22 in Mumbai. The shoot for the rest of the film is expected to be completed after the monsoon. It is also reported that the film’s release date of October 15 is likely to change, owing to the delays in production.
Set in 1952 that is called the golden era of football in India, Maidaan tells the story of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, played by Devgn. The coaching legend is credited for leading the country’s national team that won gold at two Asian Games and reached the semi-finals of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.
The film, which went on floors in August 2019, witnessed several delays, largely due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the makers also had to build and rebuild huge parts of their sets due to unforeseen issues. A makeshift football stadium at Mandh Island had to be rebuilt thrice, the first two times because of the Covid-19 induced lockdown and the third time due to the cyclone Tauktae causing huge damage to the sets.
Maidaan will be helmed by Amit Sharma, best known for his direction of the box office hit Badhaai Ho. Apart from Ajay Devgn in the lead, the upcoming film also stars Priyamani, Gajraj Rao and Rudranil Ghosh.