Can Alia play  Sharmila, Ranbir fit in Pataudi’s shoes for a biopic?
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Can Alia play Sharmila, Ranbir fit in Pataudi’s shoes for a biopic?

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt should play Mansoor Ali Pataudi and me in a biopic on the cricketer, says his wife Sharmila Tagore.

bollywood Updated: Nov 16, 2016 19:41 IST
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Sharmila Tagore wishes Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor to play her and Mansoor Ali Pataudi, if a biopic was to be made on him.

From cricketers to dacoits, politicians and more — biopic is not a new genre for Bollywood anymore. While the people associated with the real life figure earlier objected to one “fact-distortion” or the other, it is now a trend to advocate and even promote biopics (cases in point — Azhar and Dhoni).

Saif and dad Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi attend a game in this file photo.

And now, yesteryear actor Sharmila Tagore has said she’d love to see a well-made biopic on her late husband and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. and wonders if Ranbir and Alia could fit the roles.

“Yes, of course I would like a movie to be made on Mansoor Ali Khan. If someone really directs it properly, and with proper research, I think I would like it. I think his life has got a lot of things, about the accident, about losing his father and playing cricket with such a handicap,” Sharmila said on the red carpet of Lux Golden Rose awards on Saturday night.

When asked whom she would like to see in the role of Pataudi, the actress said, “I really don’t know. Somebody who looks like Tiger. May be Ranbir Kapoor or somebody in the family.”

But when asked whom she would like to play her on the screen, Sharmila asked, “That’s a real challenge. What about Alia Bhatt?”

Sharmila Tagore also talked about her family trust working closely with acid attack victims.

Sharmila and Pataudi at an event.

“We have a trust, Pataudi Trust, we support acid attack victims. I think as a woman and as an actor, we are so involved with the physical attributes. So I cannot imagine it as a woman, that just because someone said no, you throw acid on her, this is terrible. I am restoring their faces,” Sharmila added.

Mansoor Ali Khan, nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, is often described as India’s greatest cricket captain. He was made captain of the Indian team at the age of 21 even though several other players were more experienced.

See pics: The lesser known side of Pataudi

The actress said that they have already published a book on her cricketer husband and a biography is in the pipeline.

First Published: Nov 15, 2016 12:52 IST