Ajay Devgn to star in football coach Syed Abdul Rahim's biopic produced by Boney Kapoor

The untitled film will be based on 'Syed Abdul Rahim', who was the Indian football team’s most successful coach and manager from 1950-1963.

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Singham star Ajay Devgn will soon be seen depicting the story of legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim on the silver screen through a biopic. 

The untitled biopic will be produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta and is directed by Amit Sharma. The screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively.


 

In a statement, Boney Kapoor said,"It's amazing to see football, world's biggest game, having such a fever in India, and yet our team is not being sent to important tournaments. When my partners Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta brought me the true story of Syed Abdul Rahim, I was amazed that not many are even aware of this unsung hero and the achievements of that great team which had heroes like Chunni Goswami, P.K. Banerjee, Balaram, Franco, Arun Ghosh among others. With the momentum of Khelo India getting pace, it's time to push India."

Adding further the producer said, "An actor like Ajay is most apt for essaying this character. We hope that the film inspires millions of youngsters and soon India plays in the World Cup and becomes a potent force in world football."

Rahim served as the Indian football team coach and manager from 1950-1963. It was under his guidance that the Indian football team won Gold at the 1962 Asian Games and he also led the team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He died of cancer at the age of 54.

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