Ajay Devgn wraps up Maidaan Mumbai schedule. Team to begin shooting in Kolkata on November 3
Ajay Devgn has wrapped up the second schedule of his upcoming film Maidaan in Mumbai earlier this week. The actor, who is playing the role of legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in the film, will be sharing screen space with Southern actress Keerthy Suresh for the first time in the film.
The third schedule of Maidaan, directed by Amit Sharma, will kick-start in Kolkata on November 3. The film is based on the golden years of football in India. It also marks the debut of Keerthy Suresh in Hindi cinema.
The makers of Maidaan recently shot an important scne in Mukesh Mills in Mumbai. A massive set was built to shoot the scene inside the mill. The makers have also got a VFX team and a sports choreographer from Los Angeles to make sure that the football sequences are of highest quality.
Syed Abdul Rahim was the coach and manager of Indian national football team from 1951 to 1963. It was him under whose leadership the Indian football team won the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962.
The shooting of Maidaan kick-started in August this year. Ajay Devgn took to social media to announce the begining of shooting. Sharing a poster of the film, he wrote, "#maidaankicksoff today!"
In July last year, the makers of Maidaan announced the film with a tweet. It read, "Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish (sic)."
Talking about the film, producer Boney Kapoor had earlier said, "I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He's an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home."
Helmed by Badhaai Ho director Amit Sharma, Maidaan will hit screens in 2020.