Rajkumar Hirani is a well-acclaimed director, whose movies till now have been nothing but blockbusters. Known for bringing in comedy with daily issues, Hirani had made his debut as a director with Munnabhai MBBS in 2003, after assisting Vidhu Vinod Chopra in 1942: A Love Story and became an editor with Mission Kashmir in 2000.
Munnabhai MBBS starring Sanjay Dutt in the titular role was a major hit in the actor’s career and propelled Hirani into the limelight and the upper echelon of Bollywood directors. He then came back with its sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai and then came the record-breaking 3 Idiots in 2009. He has followed it up with PK and Sanju, both of which achieved blockbuster status. Now the director has set his eyes on the cricket field, as he has been flooded with scripts based on the game.
Larger than life Lala Amarnath biopic may be Rajkumar Hirani’s next project
Rajkumar Hirani has been flooded with cricket scripts with one being on the life of India’s first Test centurion Lala Amarnath and another a script written by his associate Abhijat Joshi. “Rajkumar Hirani has been approached with two films based on cricket: a Fox Star film, the larger-than-life Lala Amarnath biopic that has been written by Piyush Gupta and Neeraj Singh, while another cricket story is also being written by Abhijat Joshi,” an industry insider was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
The 57-year-old director has an excellent track record and cricket is a subject that might entice the public from the sport-crazy nation to watch the movies made by him. You have the example of MS Dhoni’s biopic which was a huge hit and was directed by Neeraj Pandey.
Film Critic Adarsh tweeted, “#Xclusiv: What is #RajkumarHirani making next? Has been approached for two films on #cricket: Biopic of a legendary cricketer for a top Studio… Next #cricket story being penned by #AbhijatJoshi… Hirani is also working on a web series… Let’s see which goes on floors first. pic.twitter.com/Rn6kOee9aC”
#Xclusiv: What is #RajkumarHirani making next? Has been approached for two films on #cricket: Biopic of a legendary cricketer for a top Studio… Next #cricket story being penned by #AbhijatJoshi… Hirani is also working on a web series… Let's see which goes on floors first. pic.twitter.com/Rn6kOee9aC
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 4, 2019
Lala Amarnath is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of Indian cricket and was the first Indian to score a Test century and captained the country on its tour to Australia in 1947-48. His two sons Surinder and Mohinder Amarnath also became Test players for the country, with Surinder scoring a Test century on debut.
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