- Three-time Olympic Gold medalist Dhyan Chand is set to have his biopic produced in Bollywood.
- Reports indicate Udta Punjab writer Abhishek Chaubey has started to script the film.
- The filmmakers are planning to bring the biopic on the floors in 2021 with megastars including Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Ranbir Kapoor.
After the likes of Paan Singh Tomar, Milkha Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mary Kom, Sandeep Singh, Bollywood is soon going to portray the life of India’s hockey legend and three-time Olympic Gold medallist Dhyan Chand on the big screen.
A film on Dhyan Chand has been in the news for a long time. At some point, various people even believed the film will not even see the day of the light. However, things have changed as reports indicate Udta Punjab writer Abhishek Chaubey has started to script the film.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, Abhishek and his team of writers are working hard on writing the script. One of the challenges they are facing is that there is a lot of literature based in his life; the writers are trying to not to miss out on crucial parts on his life as they attempt to write a strong script.
“Dhyan Chand is one of the greatest players in the history of the national sport. The biopic will largely chronicle his journey to fame during the British Raj,” Mumbai Mirror quotes a source.
The casting of the movie is set to happen in the second half of 2020, before hitting the floors in 2021. According to another report, many Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Ranbir Kapoor are being considered.
“Many actors have shown interest in playing the hockey legend in the past, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get a top actor on board,” the source said.
A little History lesson on Dhyan Chand
Born in Allahabad, Major Dhyan Chand’s hockey genes came from his father. His father, Sameshwar Dutt, played hockey with the British army. Dhyan’s younger brother Roop Singh was himself a great hockey player and played along with Dhyan in two Olympics.
Dhyan Chand held the hockey stick for the first time when he joined the Indian Army as a Sepoy in 1921 at the age of 16. Before that as a young boy, he used to love wrestling. Originally his name was Dhyan Singh, but due to his habit of practising a lot in moonlight, his hockey friends added “Chand”(Moon in Hindi) to his name.
When he was 17, he started playing army hockey tournaments and regimental games. This went on till 1926. Soon, he was selected in the Indian Army hockey team which was touring New Zealand. The team won 18 out of 21 matches with his magic. After returning to India, he quickly got promoted to Lance Naik’s post.
The tale which unfolded thereafter is epic. He helped India to win 3 Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. In 1928, he became the leading goal scorer with 14 goals. The news report read “This is not a game of Hockey but magic”.
In 1936 Olympic final, he made Germans look like sitting ducks with his stick magic. He scored 6 goals in that final match which India won by 8-1. And, he scored 3 of them barefoot after putting off his spikes mid-game. Adolf Hitler became his fan after this match.