Being in front of the big screen is a dream that many cherish. The temptation was too big for archer Deepika Kumari too, who was all game for it when she first got the offer, but once she realised that acting in a movie will consume a lot of her time and hamper her archery practice, she withdrew from the project without giving it a second thought.
The ace archer was approached to play the lead role in the Hindi film, Bisahi but Deepika who is preparing to hit gold in the Asian Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, let nothing come in the way of her mission. Talking to Indian Express, Deepika said, “It was a good subject but I soon realised that if I did the film, it would not be possible for me to do my best in training and competitions. When I had agreed to do the film, the archery competition schedule for the year had not been released. But once I knew that it was a long season, I realised I could not manage it. I would have got really hectic.”
“Though the producers had said that I needed to work on the film for only 10-11 days, it would not clash with my competitions, and I had to shoot only on weekends, I would not have got any rest as the weekdays would have been consumed totally by my training,” added Deepika.
Deepika has already started her preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and there is nothing that is bigger for her at this moment. “I have told them [makers of the film] that I can only think about doing a film after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Till then, I will not be able to devote much time to anything else. They were understandably disappointed with my change of heart and said they could not wait that long. I have not heard from them since and don’t know whether they have shelved the project or will carry on with someone else in my place.”
Earlier, Netflix made a documentary on Deepika’s life called Ladies First. The film, which shows her struggles and initial journey, even won an award at the London Independent Film Festival in 2017.