'Badhaai Ho' director Amit Sharma is taking his next, the Ajay Devgn starrer Syed Abdul Rahim biopic, on the floors in June. Now, we have learnt that South Indian actress Keerthy Suresh is on board to play the female lead (wife to Ajay’s Syed) in the film, which chronicles Indian football team’s glory from 1950 to 1963.
Ritesh Shah ('Pink', 'Raid' fame) has written the dialogue while Saiwyn Quadras ('Mary Kom', 'Neerja', 'Parmanu') has penned the screenplay. Keerthy, whose Tamil-Telugu 'bilingual Mahanati' (2018) holds the record for the highest grossing South film with a female lead, asserts that she focusses on signing films that have substantial, challenging parts for her. “Syed Abdul Rahim’s story is a forgotten chapter in Indian history and I am glad that the makers are telling it through a film,” the actress added. Boney Kapoor, who is producing the film with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta, reveals that romance plays a pivotal role in it.
“It’s also a conservative love story which focuses on the couple’s life after marriage. Keerthy is one of the most successful actresses in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema. Her presence would give us an enhanced reach in the Southern belt,” he pointed out. Will it be a bilingual? He clarified, “It is not being planned as a bilingual but as a Hindi feature film. It’s a fabulous story with a pan-India reach, and has the potential to be one of the biggest films that will break the language barrier.” Boney added that the film will be shot abroad besides Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Mumbai. “We have two locations to choose from Rome, Melbourne and Jakarta.”