Rajkumar Hirani, the acclaimed director of films like 3 Idiots, PK, and Sanju, is reportedly planning to make a biopic on the legendary Indian cricketer Lala Amarnath. According to reports, Hirani has been working on the script since 2019 and has offered it to Shah Rukh Khan, who chose Dunki over it. Hirani is currently busy with Dunki, which stars Shah Rukh Khan and is expected to release on December 22, 2023. However, he has not given up on the Lala Amarnath biopic and will revive it after Dunki is completed.
Lead Cast In Rajkumar Hirani’s Lala Amarnath Biopic: Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor Or Vicky Kaushal?
The film will feature an A-list actor in the lead role of Lala Amarnath, who was the first Indian to score a century in Test cricket and also captained India in several matches. The reports suggest that Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor are the top contenders for the role, as both have worked with Hirani before and have proven their versatility as actors. However, Hirani will not finalise anyone until he finishes Dunki.
“Hirani wants to make it either with Aamir or with Ranbir. Like his previous films, this one has also first gone to Aamir, who has liked the script and shown his interest. In case Aamir passes it up, the filmmaker will go to Ranbir, who headlined his last blockbuster, Sanju. Hirani has briefly spoken to Ranbir about it and will formally approach him after Aamir’s final response,” a source close to the development told another publication, , further adding that he might also go to Vicky Kaushal if it doesn’t materialize with Aamir and Ranbir. Hirani has already worked with Vicky on Sanju and the forthcoming Dunki, in which he plays a special cameo role.
Rajkumar Hirani’s Lala Amarnath Biopic To Start In 2024
While Aamir is reportedly starting his yet-to-be-announced next film in January 2024, Ranbir is committed to Nitesh Tiwari’s Ramayana, which is also supposed to take off ground in the first quarter of 2024. “Ramayana is a very pre- and post-production-heavy project. It will require Ranbir relatively less time to shoot on physical sets, as a significant portion will be filmed using Chroma technology. Same for Aamir, as his next film is a medium-budget project that will wrap up within three months. As of now, Hirani is sitting with writers on a regular basis, giving final touches to Lala Amarnath’s story, and will decide on the cast only after the release of Dunki,” the source said.
The film is likely to go on floors by next year and release by 2025.
Lala Amarnath Biopic Will Be In Rajkumar Hirani’s Entertaining Style
The biopic will not be a typical sports film, but will showcase Lala Amarnath’s life and career in Hirani’s trademark entertaining style. The film will highlight his achievements, his controversies, his relationships, and his impact on Indian cricket. Lala Amarnath was known for his aggressive batting, his outspoken personality, and his passion for the game. He was also involved in several incidents that made headlines, such as being sent back from the 1936 England tour for alleged indiscipline, leading India to its first Test victory against Pakistan in 1952, and coaching the Indian team in the 1970s. The film will explore these aspects of his character and show how he became one of the most influential figures in Indian cricket history.
The biopic is expected to be another blockbuster from Rajkumar Hirani, who has delivered five consecutive hits so far. The film will also add to the list of cricket-based films that have been popular among the Indian audience, such as MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, and 83. The fans of Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will also be eager to see them play the role of Lala Amarnath, if they are finalised for it.
Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Dunki To Release By End Of This Year
“Dunki” is an upcoming Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Studios, Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, and Hirani’s Rajkumar Hirani Films. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Boman Irani, and Vicky Kaushal in significant roles. The plot of the film revolves around the concept of illegal immigration via the ‘Donkey Flight’ method. The film is expected to release on December 22, 2023.
The teaser for “Dunki” is expected to be released soon, and the film is likely to be another blockbuster from Rajkumar Hirani, who has delivered five consecutive hits so far. Shah Rukh Khan and Taapsee Pannu will be seen together for the first time in this film.
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