A documentary based on the life and career of Yuvraj Singh is on the cards and a US-based production company named Apex Entertainment has taken the mantle of telling his story.
The market for sports biopics has seen an upward trend in India of late with movies based on popular sportspersons like Milkha Singh and Mary Kom garnering critical and commercial success. Keeping with this trend, biopics on MS Dhoni and Mohammed Azharuddin are also slated for release this year.
Considering the fact that Yuvraj has been one of the most popular cricketers in our country, fans will be more than eager to watch a film covering his rollercoaster life.
Speaking to the Times of India from Los Angeles, Ciardi said, “I have always believed in our company’s philosophy of bringing aspirational stories from the world to you characters who overcome adversity, stories that inspire minds. Yuvraj’s story is not just a cricket story, it’s a human interest story.
“People like to watch greatness. He is an inspiration to a billion Indians and cricket fans globally, the way he faced odds in his life and career, the way he survived cancer and the way he fought back to earn his place in the Indian team. His story is worth telling and that’s why we are extremely thrilled to have got this chance.”
Apex Entertainment has a long list of producing premier sports-based movies like The Rookie (2002), Miracle (2004), Invincible (2006), Secretariat (2010), Big Shot (2012), Gigante (2013), Million Dollar Arm (2014). These movies not only received critical acclaim but went on to become top grossers at the box office as well.
Mark Ciardi, president and co-founder of Apex Entertainment, confirmed that his firm had bagged the rights to Yuvraj’s film.
The film will be primarily shot in India to give it a realistic feel and is also going to feature Yuvraj’s parents, Yograj, and Shabnam. Apex are planning to release the documentary sometime in 2017, provided things go as per schedule.