Beautiful Game: Prithviraj’s film based on football to revive soon?
Prithviraj is one of the most ambitious actors in Malayalam cinema. For a while now, he has been doing films based out of Kerala’s milieu as he believes that films with a pan-Indian appeal is the way forward for the industry. While most of his attempts have failed to taste success, he is still in the process of trying different subjects. One such film that he committed back in 2016 is ‘Beautiful Game’, a sports drama based on football.
The movie was to be directed by ace photographer and ad filmmaker Jamesh Kottakkal and was supposed to produced by actor Asif Ali. However, the project got shelved after Asif Ali backed out. Though there were reports about budget constraints being the issue, the exact reason for him opting out is still not known. Prithviraj soon got busy as he moved on to other projects.
However, in a recent interview, director Jamesh Kottakkal revealed that the project has not entirely been dropped and he is still hopeful of getting it back on track. Apparently, he has spent seven years doing research works for the movie. He is quoted saying to IANS, “There has been a lot of positive developments in this movie as I got more time to work on it.”
Earlier in an interview, the director had said that the movie will be presenting the inside story of the people who are involved in football, both emotionally and physically. In 2016, the makers had even conducted audition rounds for selecting the best football players of the state. Debutant Ajaykumar is scripting the movie. Composer Bijibal and lyricist Rafeeq Ahamed were also part of the team.
Let’s hope the project materializes soon so that the industry and its audience get to witness its first ever proper sports film!