John Abraham who is a big football fan and also a co-owner of Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC has now join hands with Nikkhil Advani and Bhushan Kumar to bring to the screen an iconic 1911 football match that marked a defining moment in the country’s freedom struggle.
“It’s John’s pet project. His face lights up whenever he narrates the story, which he knows backwards,” smiles Nikkhil Advani.
After featuring in Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, Satyameva Jayate, the actor is already working in another film titled Batla House and features as a DCP on the film’s poster. Nikkhil Advani will be directing both the films.
1911 has been a dream project of sorts for John, who is a football fanatic himself. The movie, John had earlier told IANS, is a story of late Indian footballer Sibdas Bhaduri, who captained Mohun Bagan in the historic 1911 IFA Shield final when they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment to become the maiden Asian team to emerge victorious in the competition.
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John, a co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) Guwahati franchise North East United FC, in a 2014 interview to IANS, had not ruled out roping in some real football players for the project.