While director Kannan Iyer is yet to choose who would play Abhinav Bindra in his biopic on the Olympian sharp-shooter, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has been roped in for the important role of Bindra’s father.
“Abhinav Bindra’s father Apjit Bindra was instrumental in seeing Abhinav win gold at the Olympics (in Beijing, China, in 2008). Kannan Iyer spent almost three years researching the Bindra story. The biopic is being made in close association with the Bindras. After going through their entire story, Kannan decided to format the film as a father-son story,” says a source close to the development.
Rishi has already started working on his role, character and look. “It’s the role of a very upright, principled man who dreamt big dreams for his son. Rishi feels a very close affinity to the role as his own son, Ranbir (Kapoor; actor) was born on the same day and in the same year (September 28, 1982) as Abhinav Bindra,” adds the source.