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'Footballers from world over in Maidaan'

April 10, 2021 09:25 IST

Photograph: Kind courtesy Amit Sharma/Instagram

"Badhai Ho, you have tested negative," I tell film-maker Amit Ravindranath Sharma whose ambitious Maidaan promises to do for football what Lagaan did for cricket and Chak De! for hockey.

Amit, who has fully recovered from Covid, laughs nervously. "The idea is to do my best."

"We have invited football players from all across the world to come and play in our matches for Maidaan: Japan, South Korea, France, Thailand..." he says.


IMAGE: Ajay Devgn, the star of Maidaan, discuss a scene with Amit Sharma on the sets. Photograph: Kind courtesy Amit Sharma/Instagram

A series of matches will be shot for Maidaan showing India playing football with different countries.

"The players from Thailand are already here. They have been waiting for me to recover from Covid," he says.

"We started shooting from April 4. We then go on to shoot matches with the other countries with a break between every match. It is a tough schedule. We were supposed to start shooting from March 16. But then who we would have thought I would be felled with Covid like this?" he asks.

Amit says the matches will be shot on an international scale. "There will be no compromise on quality. We are trying to make a film that we hope India will be proud of," he adds.

"When I directed Badhai Ho, I never set out to make something that would have such an impact on the audience. I am so glad all the actors in Badhaai Ho specially Neenaji (Gupta) benefited from it."