Cricket and Bollywood are two of the most followed spheres in India. While cricket remains the most loved sport of a nation of a billion-plus, the Hindi film industry tries to go about the ambitious dream of entertaining mass audiences catering to the taste of the wide landscape.
More often than not, whenever cricket has been stitched into the narrative of a Bollywood film, it has turned out to be a grand success. Be it a fictional Lagaan or a docudrama Sachin: A Billion Dreams or even a biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, such movies have received unparalleled love and adulation from the audiences.
And now the latest buzz is that a biopic is on the cards on the life of current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. In an interview with a Bengali news channel, former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that he has agreed to the project of a biopic on his life.
According to reports, it is going to be a big-budget film, amounting to INR 200-250 crore and it is being speculated that Ranbir Kapoor is the top contender for the lead role along with two more actors. It is being learned that the film is currently in its scripting stage and the production house has already met Dada more than once.
19-years of Ganguly-led India's iconic Natwest series triumph
Notably, today also marks the 19th anniversary of Ganguly-led India's iconic Natwest series win. While India were reeling at 146/5, chasing 326 in the final against England, after a great opening stand between Virender Sehwag and Sourav himself, a 121-run stand between Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif brought India back into the game before Kaif finished the job for the team. With Zaheer Khan hitting the winning runs, Ganguly took his shirt off, a statement that the new India was ready to roar, at the Lord's Balcony to celebrate the win. The epic scene is likely to be recreated in the said biopic as it has become a part of India's cricketing folklore with that shirt being displayed at the Lord's museum.