Nivin to star in legendary footballer IM Vijayan’s biopic?
While biopics are aplenty in Bollywood, Malayalam cinema has not had many. Recently, Jayasurya did the biopic of late Indian footballer VP Sathyan. The movie titled ‘Captain’ is still running successfully in theatres while also earning critical acclaim for the actor’s performance. It now looks like Nivin Pauly is following Jayasurya’s footsteps as latest reports suggests that the Premam actor is in talks for the biopic on IM Vijayan, one of India’s most iconic footballers.
Nivin Pauly recently posted a few photos of him playing football in his Facebook page. It seems like these photos have added fuel to the speculations. As per reports, Arun Gopy of ‘Ramaleela’ will be directing this movie.
IM Vijayan is one of the most famous Indian players to have walked on a football field. Popularly known as the ‘kalo hiran’ or ‘black pearl of India’, Vijayan was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999. His journey from rags to riches is a truly inspiring story. Starting from a humble background as a soda seller in football grounds, Vijayan eventually became the highest earning Indian footballer of his time.
Nivin Pauly has often said that he is a great fan of IM Vijayan. Last year, during the final match of the Indian Super League (ISL) between Kerala Blasters and Atletico De Kolkata, Nivin Pauly did a kind gesture that was widely talked about. The match organizers provided IM Vijayan a general class for the match but Nivin, who was the brand ambassador of the team, stepped in and offered the legend a VIP ticket. Nivin’s humane gesture earned him appreciation from many.
News regarding Nivin starring in IM Vijayan’s biopic has not yet confirmed. But it will be great if such a project materializes as Vijayan’s story deserves to be told on screen.