Ashoke Pandit secures rights for biopic on athlete Pinki Pramanik

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Biopics have always been a hit with the audience. And while the world awaits the release of the Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘‘83,’ the genre has already been blessed with films like Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ (2016) and ‘Mary Kom’ (2014) with Priyanka Chopra. Reports now say that another film based on a sports personality’s life is coming up with filmmaker Ashoke Pandit securing the rights to make a film on track and field athlete, Pinki Pramanik.

Pramanik won several medals, including at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Asian Games, and 2005 Asian Indoor Games. However, her life took a turn when in 2012, she was accused of being a man and implicated in rape charges, reports Pinkvilla. Pandit has now taken the reigns to bring her story to the big screen, “When my writer narrated to me the subject of Pinki Pramanik, that very moment I knew this story had to be made. Imagine the basic identity of a human is his/her gender is questioned, one fine day Pinki, a woman was accused of being a man and branded a rapist. It is a story of fighting against all odds and coming out triumphant. It is high time that mainstream cinema addresses the issue of gender identity.”

Pramanik added, “I wanted the world to know the injustice and the horror I went through. I totally trust Ashokeji’s production that it will do total justice to my story with respect.”

Writer Priyanka Ghatak, who has earlier worked on the show, ‘The Chargesheet: Innocent or Guilty? (2020)’ called this project a story of triumph and resilience. “I came across Pinki’s story in the news and what perturbed me was that she was a national pride and the whole country celebrated her victory but one fine day she was pulled down in the worst state of shame and humiliation and her basic gender identity was questioned and was accused of being a rapist,” Ghatak said.

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