Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will launch the trailer of the Hindi film 22 YARDS, helmed by Mitali Ghoshal and starring Barun Sobti, at an event here on Wednesday.
"This film is based on cricket, so we asked Sourav Ganguly to launch the trailer, and it was very nice of him to agree. He has not seen the full film, but he has seen the trailer and he loved it," Ghoshal, who has been a sports journalist herself, told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
This is not Ghoshal's first brush with filmmaking. She had made "The Warrior Prince", a docu-feature on Ganguly, and which had narration by cinema icon Amitabh Bachchan.
"Saurav knows me from my days as a journalist. When I approached him, he saw the trailer and he loved it very much. He is a person who will not give his word for something without watching it, however close he may be to that person. So, he saw the trailer, loved it and the subject, and so he agreed to come and launch the trailer," Ghoshal said.
The movie, releasing on February 22, is a triumphant tale of two individuals, a cricket agent and a young cricketer, overcoming numerous barriers and winning the toughest battle of life against all odds.
22 YARDS has been in the works for at least 3 years. For the movie, Ghoshal has worked closely with Samrat, the story, screenplay and dialogue writer for the film.
Barun plays the lead role of Ron Sen, while Panchi Bora will essay Sonali in the film, which will introduce Amartya Ray as Shome Ray.
Other main cast members include Rajit Kapur, Rajesh Sharma, Chaiti Ghoshal, Geetika Tyagi and Mrinal Mukherjee.