Cricket seems to be returning in the mind-space of Bollywood filmmakers, with a few high-profile projects lined up for release next year. In 2020, Ranveer Singh plays Kapil Dev in 83, Kabir Khan’s film about India’s historic victory at the cricket World Cup of 1983. Shahid Kapoor, after Kabir Singh, seems to have struck gold with remakes of Telugu hits. His next, Jersey is a Bollywood remake of Gowtham Tinnanuri’s Telugu film of the same name, and it narrates the story of a failed cricketer who decides to revive his career against all odds despite being in his late thirties. Then there is the Mithali Raj biopic, which stars Taapsee Pannu as the protagonist. A film titled God Of Cricket has also been announced on cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday this year. Sure, Bollywood has always been fascinated by cricket, which remains a religion in India. In the past, we have had Lagaan, Iqbal, Patiala House, Dil Bole Hadippa, Jannat, Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Azhar and The Zoya Factor among others. In the nineties, too, there was the odd attempt to cash in on the sport with Aamir Khan starring as a cricketing star… Read full this story
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