It seems like Bollywood has found a mantra for making hit films through biopics on sportspersons. Another biopic is in store as India’s renowned WWE wrestler, ‘The Great Khali’ is getting his own biopic. After the success of movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, Azhar, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Dangal, and docu-drama Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Bollywood filmmakers consider making biopics a sure shot of making big bucks. But the shocking part is the actor chosen to play The Great Khali’s role in the movie. People would have expected a newcomer or actors like John Abraham, Sonu Sood, Vidyut Jamwal, Akshay Kumar who are tall and strong and whose bodies can be by CGI. But to everyone’s surprise, Sushant Singh Rajput had been approached for the role and he reportedly has given the nod.
According to DNA reports, a source was quoted as saying, “The biopic is on the life of wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Khali or The Great Khali in WWE circle. The studio has spoken to the Punjabi wrestler and he has given them the rights to make a film on his life. Sushant has been approached to play the titular role and he has in principle agreed to do the film”.
According to a trade analyst, “What worked in Sushant’s favour during Dhoni was that he looked, walked and talked like MSD. Here, Sushant has no similarities with Khali when it comes to his body prototype and his height. Unless there’s a lot of VFX involved, it’s difficult to pull off a film on Khali. No hero in Bollywood will look convincing as The Great Khali, unless there’s CGI”.
It will be interesting to see Rajput in yet another biopic. The actor will be doing his third biopic after MS Dhoni and the one he is doing right now based on the life of Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar.