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Season of biopics: Farah Khan to make one on Sania Mirza

Mumbai: After Milkha Singh, Mary Kom and Mohammad Azharuddin, Bollywood has lined up Sania Mirza’s story to be told on silver screen. A biopic on the Hyderabad tennis ace is in the offing and shooting is likely to start in December.

Sources tell us that Farah Khan, a close friend of Sania’s, will direct the film. Asked if she would be starring in the film, Sania chuckles: “I don’t think so.” In which case, who does she think is best suited to play her? “Parineeti Chopra,” is Sania’s pick.

To ensure facts are rightly represented, the Mirzas are keen that the film is based on Sania’s autobiography, which is scheduled to be in the stores by the year-end. However, the book, the release of which has been postponed a few times, could be delayed yet again. “I don’t know when it will be out,” Sania says. “Every time it goes into editing, something new happens in my life/career, forcing me to add another chapter,” she sighs.

Farah, along with actors Imran Khan, Farhan Akhtar and other Bollywood personalities, had visited Wimbledon last month where Sania won the women’s doubles with Martina Hingis, to complete her Grand Slam set.

After her return to India, Farah had hosted Sania for an Eid lunch at her house in Mumbai before the World No. 1 flew to Sri Lanka to be with husband Shoaib Malik, who was part of the Pakistan cricket team playing an away series. “Id lunch. Thank you for being a super host, dost and cook... see u in a few days,” Sania had tweeted.
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Biopic of DK Ravi on the cards in sandalwood

Bengaluru: The Kannada film industry, which has captured the exploits of honest and daring government servants on the big screen, now wants to make a movie about the life and achievements of young IAS officer D.K. Ravi, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Monday.

Several leading Kannada film-makers have approached the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) to register the movie title ‘D.K. Ravi’. 

However, according to KFCC rules, movie titles cannot be named after well-known personalities. A few film-makers have already contested such rules. 

Leading film producers Anaji Nagaraj, Dinesh Gandhi and Shankare Gowda had approached the KFCC seeking the new title. 

One of them filed the title application a day after the officer was found dead. 

KFCC Secretary Ba Ma Harish, who rejected the applications, told the media that it was too early for anyone to even think of a movie on the life of D.K. Ravi.

The film-makers have not sought permission from the officer’s family to portray him on the big screen. 

In the past, Kannada filmmakers have produced movies after being inspired by the achievements of government servants. 

It remains to be seen if Ravi’s family will agree to the film project, which if approved, will take off in the later part of the year.
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Sachin Tendulkar to play himself in biopic

After a stellar cricketing career which spanned over two decades, iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is all set to play himself in a film made on his life.

A Mumbai-based production company 200NotOut is working on the movie to be directed by award-winning British director James Erskine.

“It will be mostly about his personal life since his cricketing career is well known,” a spokesman of the production house was quoted as saying in the media.

The retired batsman, who played an astonishing 200 Tests and scored 100 centuries across all three formats of the game, retired in 2013.

Awarded India’s highest civillian honour the Bharat Ratna last year, Tendulkar is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.

The planned film is expected to be “between 90 minutes and two hours” and could be released by the end of this year or early next year.

“Shooting for the film has been going on for the past year and we aim to continue filming through the year,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Tendulkar scored 34,357 runs played in the 664 international matches that he played.
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