‘I’D LOVE TO PLAY WITH AB­HISHEK’

NBA player Sat­nam Singh Bhamara says he and ju­nior Bachchan can change the fate of bas­ket­ball in In­dia

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Re­mem­ber when bas­ket­ball player Sat­nam Singh Bhamara said he wanted Ab­hishek Bachchan to play him if a biopic were to be made on him? Ju­nior Bachchan, who’s a bas­ket­ball fa­natic, replied that he would — and for free if Bhamara wins an NBA cham­pi­onship. He even said that he’d love to play a one-on-one game with the NBA player.

In an in­ter­view to HT City, Bhamara, 21, says he’d be hon­oured. “I’ve heard that Ab­hishek loves the game and that he plays with Bosco and Cae­sar (Bol­ly­wood chore­og­ra­phers), and his other friends. It’d be an hon­our to play a game with him when I come to In­dia or he vis­its the US,” he says.

Bhamara hopes to change how bas­ket­ball is viewed in In­dia. “To­gether, we can change the fate of bas­ket­ball in our coun­try. We can make it more vis­i­ble. And al­though I’d love to play with him, I think our as­so­ci­a­tion can go be­yond that. I plan to talk to him,” adds the 7ft 3 inch boy.

Bhamara is the first In­dian who made it to Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) in 2015. He is also in the news for Ro­man Gack­owski’s doc­u­men­tary on him, ti­tled One in a Bil­lion. Bhamara says he’s thrilled by the pos­si­bil­ity of Bachchan host­ing the film’s screen­ing in In­dia. “It’d be great if Ab­hishek hosts a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary in In­dia. He’s been a huge sup­porter of the game and of me.”

He adds, “Af­ter see­ing peo­ple’s re­sponse and how my story is in­spir­ing them, we do want to show the doc­u­men­tary in In­dia. Since it is not avail­able on any other plat­form yet, a screen­ing will help us reach a wider au­di­ence.”

I’ll do the film for free, but you have to win an NBA cham­pi­onship. And my fees will go to to­wards a char­ity of your choice AB­HISHEK BACHCHAN, AC­TOR

Ab­hishek Bachchan had tweeted to Sat­nam Singh Bhamara that he’d play him in a biopic if he won the NBA cham­pi­onship

PHOTO: NIKHIL SACHDEVA/HT

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