Karan Johar’s recent confirmation that he has bought the rights to make a biopic on Dhyan Chand has got a lot of people excited — from the audience, and even the hockey legend’s family. “The entire family is happy. On screen, we can see him alive again. Everyone knows of his achievements, but through the film, they will know the person he was,” says his son, Ashok Kumar, an Olympic hockey player himself.
Kumar, who will assist Karan’s team in scripting and filming the biopic, wants India to know about his father’s struggles. “My grandfather was in the British Indian Army and had shifted to Jhansi. When my father started playing hockey, they lived in a rented house. He joined the Bachha Platoon (reportedly a children’s regiment that existed at that time) when he was 16, and then became India’s legendary player. His achievements will inspire young Indians,” says Kumar, who had met the film’s director, Rohit Vaid, two years ago.
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Recalling the old times, Kumar says, “I would stand in queue at ration shops to buy cheap food even when my father was India’s star player and was at his peak. No one bothered about his financial problems. I think this is also a reason why he opposed my decision to take up hockey.”
Kumar doesn’t have an opinion regarding who should play the role of the Indian hockey legend. “All I hope for is that whoever plays my father should make me believe that I am seeing him alive,” he adds.