Shyam Benegal

Filmmaker Shyam Benegal mentioned that he would like to direct a biopic on Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav who is India’s first Olympic medalist, only if the script interests him.

Although, wrestler-turned-actor Sangram Singh wanted to make a film on Jadhav but no ofcial announcement was made. However, Singh made an official announcement of the film during an event which had Payal Rohatgi, Ranjit Jadhav who is the son of Jadhav and producer Subhash Jewria in attendance. The film will be directed by Benegal.

On being associated with the film, Benegal said, “Well, yes, Sangram Singh wants to make a film on K.D. Jadhav and I think it is a great idea. The script has been worked out. Once the script is finalized, and matches up to everybody’s satisfaction, then I hope I would be defiantly interested to do the film.”

Singh has began the preparation of the character and script writer  Sandeep Srivastava who earlier worked for Ajay Devgn starrer Shivaay has began working on script.

When questioned about him producing and acting in the film, Singh said, “Honestly, I wanted some Bollywood star to do the film to get a better reach. But Shyam sir suggested that the conviction I have to tell the story, it will work in the favour to narrate the character. Since I am a wrestler myself, I think it would be easier to show all the authentic shots on-screen. However, I am little nervous to act, this is something new for me.”

“This man (Jadhav) struggled all his life to get his due, though he served in the police, he didn’t get his pension and his wife raised their children by selling milk. The story is really sad but inspirational at the same time; there were people from his village, in his locality, who sold their cows-bulls to support him financially… you don’t get to see such well-wishers and neighbours in today’s time,” added Singh.