Sachin Tendulkar To Play A Key Role In Muttiah Muralitharan’s Biopic
The trend of making a biopic continues in the Film Industry. Following movies on MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and now the Ranveer Singh-Starrer Kapil Dev biopic 83, a new biographical sports drama on the life of Sri Lankan legend and right-arm spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is in the pipeline.
Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda De Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Hashan Tillakaratne, Sanath Jayasurya, Lasith Malinga, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Umpires Darrell Hair etc would be represented in the film.
Speaking of the role of Sachin Tendulkar, Sethumadhavan quoted that would be really special in the movie. During those days, Tendulkar was the best batsman in the world cricket while Muttiah Muralitharan was the best bowler without any ray of a doubt.
Speaking exclusively, Sethumadhavan said, “Sachin was the World’s best batsman and Murali was the world’s best bowler and a major part of their cricketing career was running in parallel. Hence Sachin would also be showcased in the film”.
It will show Muttiah Muralitharan’s background:
Actor Vijay Sethupathi, who was last seen in Sindhubaadh and currently has close to half a dozen projects in the making, has been roped in to play Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan in a yet-untitled biopic on the former player.
According to Bollywood Life, the film is titled 800 as he is the only cricketer to take 800 wickets in the test cricket. Further, the film reveals the life of Muralitharan right from his childhood and the hurdles he crossed in the middle.
“The film will not just talk about Murali’s cricketing exploits but also about his personal journey. And also, his family background, the influence of certain people in his life. Further, the political and cultural background prevailing in his era”.
Madhi is a big pillar:
Meanwhile, the movie will also have a key role for the wife of Muralitharan named Madhi. She is a strong character, who hails from India. The director wants to show her strong character, which helped the spinner on various occasions.
“Madhi is a big pillar of support to Murali. She has enriched her life in many ways. Hence her role in the film will be given enough prominence. Showcasing her individuality, and asserting the kind of strong character that she is”.
In total, Muralitharan played 130 Test matches and 350 ODI games for Sri Lanka. He ended up picking 800 and 534 wickets in both the formats respectively.
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