At a time when ­filmmakers are keen on making biopics on sportspersons — with films on the lives of boxer Mary Kom and ­cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin already in the making — cricketer Gautam Gambhir says he would much rather watch a film based on a real-life hero.
“I’m not keen on watching biopics on cricketers’ lives. Instead, I’d prefer a film based on ­someone who is a bigger inspiration. One name that immediately comes to my mind is that of late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life fighting terrorists during the attacks of 26/11,” says Gambhir. “I think the film is worth making. It should be dedicated to Major Sandeep’s parents who sent their only son to serve the nation. People like him and his ­parents are the real heroes,” adds the 32-year-old, who wanted to join the armed ­forces at one point.
However, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), a biopic on ­former athlete Milkha Singh, happens to be Gambhir’s ­favourite. “I can’t think of any movie after watching Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. I also love watching the TV show, Satyamev Jayate. Aamir (Khan) is doing a fantastic job. The credit should also be given to his team of ­researchers who dig out all the information. His team is the real hero as they bring out the finer nuances of every ­subject. Aamir, too, presents everything with ­honesty, making the show a must watch,” he says.
Gambhir, who leads Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, is all praise for the team’s owner, Shah Rukh Khan. “Shah Rukh is a very warm person. He is warm and loving to youngsters and respectful to elders. We share a common goal, which is to win IPL for KKR,” he adds.
Reacting to the recent ­fixing controversies, Gautam says stricter punishments should be the way ahead. “Nothing short of zero tolerance will do, to clean up the game. To be fair, the administrators have done their bit to control the malice, it is now up to the players to guard the sanctity of the sport.”