Sushant Singh Rajput seems to be a firm favourite for biopics. Not only has he stepped into Mahendra Singh Dhoni۪s shoes for a biopic directed by Neeraj Pandey but now he۪s apparently going to be playing Paralympian gold medallist Murlikant Petkar on the big screen with a film tentatively titled Murli – The Unsung Hero۪.
Petkar was an athlete who set a world record in 50m freestyle swimming. In the same Games, he also took part in participated in javelin, precision javelin throw and slalom. He won gold in the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and the Paralympics in Germany in 1972.
Prashant Singh has scripted the film and he spoke to Mumbai Mirror about Singh Rajput, It was amazing to have Sushant come on board immediately_ Even though other actors and filmmakers were keen to acquire the rights to Murli sir’s journey, he zeroed in on Sushant since he confessed to being a fan of the actor.
Singh Rajput himself also spoke about his excitement, I was amazed by his journey and immediately agreed that these stories need to be told. Petkar’s journey is extra-ordinary and so compelling that it can change many lives by motivating people to accomplish the unthinkable. I am extremely excited to be associated with this project from its nascent stage.
Singh further adds, The film will touch upon incidents in his life that range from his road trip to Kashmir to being shot by seven bullets in the 1965 war against Pakistan. In fact, a bullet is still in his spine! Left a paraplegic, young Petkar tried to commit suicide, but survived that too and finally won the Paralympic gold.
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