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