Ajay Devgn will step into the shoes of Syed to tell the story of this unsung hero who was responsible for taking Indian football to new heights and winning accolades for the country.
Actor Ajay Devgn is all set to star in yet another period drama, titled ‘Maidaan’. The film will revolve around the golden era of Indian Football from 1952-62 and went on floors on Monday.
The Indian football team won a Gold at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta and reached the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when Syed was the coach.
Sharing the film poster on social media, Ajay wrote, “Maidaan kicks off today!” It shows a handmade football placed as a globe with a stadium in the background. It will star Keerthy Suresh as the female lead. Ajay will play Syed Abdul Rahim, the architect of modern football in India. Syed was the Indian football coach and manager of the Indian national team from 1950 until his death in 1963.
Here’s the first poster of ‘Maidaan’, Have a look
Talking about the film, Boney Kapoor had earlier told an entertainment portal in an interview,
“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.”
The film is being directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma of Badhaai Ho fame and produces by Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta.