India’s badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who turned 44 today, will see a film being made on his life. The winner of the All England Open, who has become the most important man in Indian badminton, coaching the likes of Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu, is a great inspiring and motivating story in Indian sports.
Fox Star Hindi, who made MS Dhoni The Untold Story, will be producing this film as well. They announced the biopic on Gopichand’s birthday on November 16, 2017.
He continues to rule the badminton courts till date & now his inspiring journey is all set to come alive on the sliver screen! Wishing the champion a very happy birthday! #GopichandOnSilverScreen @Abundantia_Ent @vikramix pic.twitter.com/P6f0PZ2svF
— Fox Star Hindi (@foxstarhindi) November 16, 2017
In 2001, he won the All England Championship against Cheng Hong. He went on to create history, winning the championship, beating all odds and Cheng Hong, convincingly 15-12, 15-06, in straight sets, to shoot to fame.
Not many know that Gopichand had to fight hard to pursue the sport or else he would be writing codes in the USA. He chose badminton over studies. After his success in 2001, he did not really rise up and he still feels that it was the lack of good coaches and facilities that stopped him from becoming a better shuttler.
And this is one reason why he took up the role of coaching and formed Gopichand Academy near Hyderabad, a city very dear to him. Also, the city which has produced badminton gems like Sindhu and Saina among others.