Ajay Devgn Prepares to Tackle the Role of a Football Coach in Boney Kapoor’s Maidaan

Renowned actor Ajay Devgn is set to step into the shoes of a football coach in the upcoming film “Maidaan,” produced by Boney Kapoor. The movie narrates the inspiring tale of Syed Abdul Rahim’s relentless journey to thrust Indian football onto the global stage, meticulously molding a team of talented youngsters from the slums.

Upon the release of the film’s trailer, some audiences drew parallels between “Maidaan” and the acclaimed sports drama “Chak De India!” However, director Amit Sharma swiftly dismissed such comparisons, asserting the distinctiveness of his project.

In an interview with India Today, Amit Sharma addressed the common tendency to equate sports films, attributing it to the shared elements of coaches and players. He emphasized the uniqueness of “Maidaan,” clarifying that beyond the backdrop of sports, the film delves into the emotional odyssey of Abdul Rahim. Football serves as a conduit to depict his remarkable journey rather than being the sole focus.

Unlike “Chak De India!” directed by Shimit Amin, which featured Shah Rukh Khan as the coach of the women’s national hockey team, “Maidaan” encapsulates a different narrative and struggle.

Amit Sharma expressed his enthusiasm for helming a biopic, citing the inherent challenges that invigorate the creative process. He underscored the importance of presenting Abdul Rahim’s legacy to the audience, steering clear of jingoistic tropes and instead highlighting his profound love for both the country and the sport.

Starring Ajay Devgn, Priyamani, and Gajraj Rao in pivotal roles, “Maidaan” is poised to hit the screens on April 10th, promising a compelling cinematic experience that transcends the boundaries of sports.

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