Actor Priyanka Chopra's Mary Kom biopic and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar's movie on football club Mohun Bagan are among the ones in the making. And now, director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan - who last made Lahore (2010) - will be making a film on India's historic win in the Cricket World Cup in 1983.
Sources from the industry inform us that all the 14 players who were part of the winning team, will come on board as consultants for the project. Cricketing legends such as Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Mohinder Amarnath, among others, will provide inputs to the film's team to lend authenticity to the film.
When contacted, Sanjay confirmed the news, saying, "Yes, my producer Vishnu Induri, who is also the brain behind a celebrity cricket league, is currently in talks with all the players. They will start the required paperwork soon. I'm getting into the pre-production of the film right now, so I won't be able to reveal more details."
The director tell us that he has already met Kapil to get feedback. "I met Kapil paaji with regards to the script. I have also met reporters and commentators to get accurate information and the feel about that era since cricket has changed so much in the last 31 years," he says.
We asked Kapil about the project, and he said: "I'm aware that talks are on with us (the team), but we haven't signed anything as yet."