In its first mainstream movie on Indian football, Bollywood is going to give viewers a biopic on Syed Abdul Rahim – the manager and coach of the national team from 1952-1962.
Named Maidaan, the movie will have Ajay Devgn playing the role of Syed Abdul Rahim.
#maidaankicksoff today! pic.twitter.com/hbkzd727rh— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) August 19, 2019
While there is not a lot of information about the movie, yet, it is known that it will be directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma (Badhaai Ho fame) and will star National Award winner Keerthy Suresh and Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh in other titular roles.
Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67x— Zee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018
The movie will be a throwback to the time when the Indian football team won Asian Games 2 times in 1951 and 1962. Those are India’s only 2 Asian Games titles in the sport, yet.