No biopic for PT Usha un­til In­dia wins an Olympic gold in ath­let­ics

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Pilavul­lakandi Thekkeparam­bil Usha, or PT Usha, is a leg­end. And le­gends de­serve a biopic, as we know from Bol­ly­wood and Hol­ly­wood. But Usha isn’t in­ter­ested — as a coach, she is just as fo­cussed on win­ning medals as she was in her track and field ca­reer.

On a visit to Delhi for an event, the 52-year-old Usha tells us, “Ev­ery day, I get four­five calls from film­mak­ers across the world. They all want to make a movie on my life and jour­ney, but ev­ery time, I say no.” Why so? “This is not the right time,” says Usha. “My dream is to see an In­dian with a gold medal in ath­let­ics in the Olympics. The day this dream comes true, I will say yes to a film­maker.” She is now coach­ing young ath­letes in her academy, pre­par­ing them for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

If a biopic were to be made, which ac­tor could play PT Usha? Pat comes the re­ply from her hus­band, V. Srini­vasan: “No one. At present, no one can por­tray her. She is one of the most hard­work­ing and sin­cere sportsper­sons; if any ran­dom ac­tor por­trays her, the au­di­ence won’t like it.”

PHOTO:RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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