Biopics being made on cricketers is not a new thing in Bollywood. Various biopics have been made in recent years on former Indian captains. Actors like Sushant Singh Rajput and Emraan Hashmi have played the roles of MS Dhoni and Mohammed Azarudhin respectively in their biopics. With the much awaited Ranveer Singh starrer ‘1983' based on Kapil Dev and team all set to get released, it was quite obvious that Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri came up with a question on his Instagram live session to Virat Kohli on who can play his character in his biopic.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he is ready to act in his biopic but on one condition. He said he wants his wife Anushka Sharma to act alongside him in the movie.
“With Anushka, I will definitely do the biopic myself,” Kohli said during the interaction.
Kohli credits Anushka
Kohli credited Anushka for making him the person he is now. He added that after meeting Anushka he started viewing life from a different angle.
“I wasn't this person always. I truly believe that everyone has a giving and compassionate side to them but there is always an individual that comes in your life who brings it out. For me, meeting Anushka was that moment when I started to realise that this is not all about me. Life is to look at another person and live like that,” Kohli said.
“Then you become confident of who you are and you become confident of giving or being compassionate. She made me realize that the position that I am in, it is so important for me to try and change things around me for the better… If someone comes to me with a problem and if I am in a position to do it, I will always do it,” he added.
Fate of Biopics
Biopics on cricketers have received mixed response in India over the years. While some biopics like ‘MS Dhoni- The untold story' was a huge box office hit, others like ‘Azhar' didn't fetch good results. Even the highly promoted Sachin Tendulkar's documentary cum biopic- ‘Sachin Tendulkar – A Billion Dreams' wherein the Master Blaster played himself was a box office flop.
With so much buzz and anticipation around the Ranveer and Deepika starrer ‘1983' which is based on India's first ever world cup win in 1983, it seems that the market for the biopics of cricketers in bollywood have only risen. This huge positive response for 1983 even before its release would make way for many more of those to come in the near future.