The biopic fever is gripping the film industry — the latest is the historic 1983 World Cup win. A movie on the post-victory events that made India a different place is being made by Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) founder Vishnu Induri.
It is not completely about the World Cup. A source clarifies, “Till the 1983 World Cup, India was an underdeveloped country reeling under terrorism and communal riots. Being an underdog in sports, no one showed interest in cricket, but the win changed the nation dramatically. That will be the movie’s theme.”
Vishnu has already entered into a pact with all the cricketers who played in ’83 to use their names for the characters, unlike the recent biopics, which used fictional names. The script is almost complete and now, casting is being done. “It’s mostly a screenplay-based film,” says the source.
Vishnu is also in talks with Hollywood filmmakers. “For the last two years, his team has been working on this subject and he wants to get into film production in a big way,” added the source. The budget is expected to be around Rs 80 crore or Rs 90 crore. If all goes well, the film will go on the floors in November in the UK, West Indies and India.