Anand Kumar, who is an Indian film director, writer and founder of Anand Kumar Productions pvt ltd. He has directed several Bollywood films including Delhii Heights in 2007, Jugaad in 2009, and Zila Ghaziabad in 2013 etc. And now he is working on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia’s biopic.
Bhutia joins sports personalities such as Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni, Saina Nehwal and Sandeep Singh to be immortalised on celluloid through a biopic. The lead actor is still to be decided. Bhutia is excited about the project and he believes the filmmaker is the right person to honour his journey.
“I am honoured that people feel that my journey is worth capturing for the big screen. I am certain that Anand will do justice to my story.
“I hail from a small town in Sikkim, but playing football for India wasn’t my only dream. I always wanted to own a professional football club and I realised that dream with United Sikkim (his football club),” Bhutia said in a statement.
He will be involved in all the creative aspects of the film, the footballer-turned-politician said. “I want the biopic to be as close to reality as possible. I was concerned about the writing process, but the moment I learnt that Anand has got Prashant Pandey (writer of ‘Sarkar’, ‘Poorna’ and ‘Raid’) on board, I was relieved,” Bhutia said.
Kumar said the idea of making a film on football struck him during 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. “During the World Cup, I noticed that there has been a change in the sporting passion in India because a large section of India’s youth is now inclined towards football.
“Young kids like the sport more than cricket. That’s why I wanted to make a film on football,” the director said.
Besides Bhutia, biopics on sports legends such as PT Usha, Mithali Raj, PV Sindhu, Jhulan Goswami, Baloo Palwankar, Abhinav Bindra and Pullela Gopichand are also in the works.