The highly inspiring life of Pullela Gopichand, the man behind the success of Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu and the recent badminton sensation – Srikanth Kidambi will now be represented on screen in a biopic.
Sources claim that Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment has acquired the rights of the India’s badminton ace and Padma Bhushan awardee Pullela Gopichand to produce a film on his life and achievements.
The movie is said to be a bilingual in Hindi and Telugu (going by Gopichand’s roots in Andhra Pradesh). Right now the project is at planning stage and other details like the cast and crew etc will be announced very soon.
Pullela Gopichand is a true inspiration; the master badminton player is at present the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone (Deepika Padukone’s father). He runs the
Gopichand Badminton Academy which has trained today’s champs like Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi.
Gopichand received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014. Gopichand is the rare sports icon who has refused to do a soft drink commercial saying it’s not proper for a sportsman to promote aerated drinks.