Its Official! Ajay Devgn To Star In Biopic On Syed Abdul Rahim, The Architect Of Modern Football

| July 13 , 2018 , 13:03 IST

A wave of biopics is washing all over Bollywood and yet another addition to the list is Ajay Devgn's movie on the story of Syed Abdul Rahim, football coach and manager of the Indian National Football team from 1950-1963, media reported on Friday.

Football fever has gripped the world with its unpredictable run at the world cup. The FIFA World Cup has reached its final stage with France and Croatia gearing up to knock each other down in the finale on Sunday to take the world cup home. While on the home turf in India preps have begun to salute a man credited for the golden age of football in the country.

A day after announcing that Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn will play Chanakya in a movie directed by Neeraj Pandey, Ajay has announced he will now emulate Syed Abdul Rahim, the legendary football coach and the manager of the Indian National Football team that entered the semifinals of 1956 Melbourne Olympic Football tournament-first ever Asian country to do so. Directed by Amit Sharma, the movie is yet to be titled.

The makers definitely have chosen the best time to announce the movie as the football fever has taken over the entire nation in the wake of FIFA World Cup 2018. 

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “Ajay Devgn to star in a biopic on legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim... Amit Sharma will direct the film [not titled yet]... Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta... Screenplay and dialogue by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah.”

Syed Abdul is considered as the architect of modern football. Rahim was a teacher by profession and a motivator whose tenure between 1950 and 1963 as a coach is considered as the golden age of football in India.

The Indian football team was regarded as the Brazil of Asia. The team has knocked down some of the top teams in the world to win the gold medal at 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. India beat the toughest South Korea team to win gold that year.

A Times of India report quoted producer Boney Kapoor as saying, “I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, P.K. Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home.”