Sports biopic is the new success formula for Bollywood which has been proved in 2016 with the huge success of films likeDangal and M S Dhoni. The former raked in Rs 300 crore in two weeks and became the first sports biopic in the country to achieve this feat. Now, grapevine is abuzz that superstar Aamir Khan who had starred and produced Dangal is interested in making a biopic on ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar.
Another blockbuster for Aamir Khan?
Sources claim that Aamir Khan Productions completed a recce in Tripura last week. A source close to the Dipa Karmakar camp said, ‘We did have people come and talk to us about a potential film on Dipa. So we basically showed them around Tripura and where she grew up. They didn’t tell us they were interested but stated that they are looking at various options for a sports film in 2017/18. After Dangal, Dipa’s story had touched them the most and they were quite interested. They met her parents and other people close to her to get to know the story better. I don’t know whether Aamir Khan will be acting, directing or just producing, because I never asked. But, they introduced themselves from that production house.’
The source added, ‘Dipa didn’t speak to them as she was busy with her training, I’m not sure if Bisheshwar da spoke or not, as he himself has put up a very difficult schedule for her in 2017. Before leaving, they stated they would keep us updated about proceedings.’ There was no response from the Aamir Khan camp about this particular piece of information as of yet.
Aamir Khan had a similar approach to the Phogat story, where he along with his production team visited all the required areas of engagement. Even in Dangal, a proper recce was done to establish the same surroundings that the Phogat sisters grew up in. If Aamir does decide to be a part of this film, it will be his third sports film after Awwal Number and Lagaan (both cricket). Dipa Karmakar is India’s most successful gymnast, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games. Her performance won hearts across the globe, considering the lack of infrastructure she had dealt with throughout her career.