Now, a biopic on Syed Ab­dul Rahim

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND - VI­JAY LOKA­PALLY

Leg­endary In­dian foot­ball coach Syed Ab­dul Rahim will gain recog­ni­tion from a biopic on him to be pro­duced by Boney Kapoor of Zee Stu­dios. The film which will star Ajay Devgn in the lead role, is set for re­lease in the lat­ter half of 2019.

“Foot­ball is a pop­u­lar game glob­ally and has a great fol­low­ing in In­dia too. With this movie, we aim to recre­ate the glo­ri­ous days of In­dian foot­ball when it won the Asian Games gold in 1962 un­der the guid­ance of Rahim Saab,” Kapoor told Sport­star.

Akash Chawla and Joy Sen­gupta are the co­pro­duc­ers of the film which will also in­volve noted com­men­ta­tor Novy Ka­pa­dia in re­search on Rahim, who passed away in 1963, a year af­ter the Asian Games tri­umph.

Ac­cord­ing to Syed Shahid Hakim, son of Rahim, his fa­ther was, “suf­fer­ing from early stages of can­cer when he left for Jakarta for the Asian Games. I am glad a movie is be­ing made on his life and con­tri­bu­tion to the game. He re­mained un­sung even though his stu­dents treated him as a fa­ther fig­ure. Ev­ery foot­baller in the coun­try was his son,” Hakim said from Hy­der­abad.

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