Reports: Abhinav Bindra could make acting debut with cameo in own biopic
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A week earlier, it was reported that a biopic on Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was in the works and that legendary actor Anil Kapoor's son, Harshvardhan Kapoor was chosen to portray the 34-year-old shooter on the big screen.
Now, there have been interesting developments arising, as it seems that Bindra himself is expected to cameo in the movie. When asked whether the shooter will feature in the film, Director Kannan Iyer told PTI, “Yes, possibly towards the end, it is a kind of tradition in sports biopics but we are yet to decide.”
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The movie is said to be largely based around Bindra's autobiography ‘A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold and Beyond’. Iyer said that Bindra gave their script the green light and Kapoor has already begun training.
Kapoor will be guided by Suma Shirur and Abhinav for the role. And with this latest development, Anil Kapoor is also expected to share the screen with Harshvardhan.
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The director was full of praise for the father-son duo and their acting ability. Iyer also said that there will be a romantic interest in the movie but it was too early to begin speculation on the subject.
He also confirmed that most of the film will be shot in Chandigarh with a few scenes abroad and the Olympic scenes will be recreated in a set in Mumbai.
Harshvardhan is currently awaiting the release of his movie Bhavesh Joshi but has already begun to train for the role by frequenting a few shooting ranges as well as meeting Bindra's coach.
Iyer is confident in the abilities of both actors and believes that Anil and Harshvardhan can do justice to their roles. Iyer's last movie was the supernatural thriller Ek Thi Daayan, which received fairly positive reviews and was even a box-office hit.
As sports writers, we are excited about the possibility of yet another sports biopic. With the success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom and Sachin: A Billion Dreams, more and more sports biopics are being made. There is even a biopic on fellow Olympic medallist, Saina Nehwal to look forward to. Will we be seeing you queueing up outside theatres when these biopics release?