Boutique film studio Cinestaan Film Company (CFC) has acquired the rights to make the biopic of one of India’s greatest tennis heroes Vijay Amritraj. Rohit Khattar, chairman, Cinestaan Film Company, confirming the news, said, “Before Vijay, no Indian sportsman has been celebrated on the world stage in this manner. We all felt so proud as Indians to read about his triumphs overseas and today we, at Cinestaan Film Company, are thrilled to help bring his incredibly inspiring story to the screen. Many who know of Vijay’s successes will be in awe when they see the challenges that were presented to him in early life before he achieved greatness.”
Amritraj achieved many firsts as India’s number one tennis champion, getting the better of some of the greatest names in tennis history. He also acted in two big budget Hollywood films — Star Trek and Octopussy which were global hits. Amritraj has also shown his prowess as a sports commentator.
Amritraj said, “Parents’ love, compassion, dedication and hard work under the most trying circumstances can make a child’s dream come true even if he or she is nowhere near good enough in anything. I am humbled that a company like Cinestaan Film Company would want to tell my story. It is about mothers, children and overwhelming love.”
His son Prakash Amritraj, who will be producing the film with Cinestaan, said, “I’ve always felt blessed that my greatest hero and my father is the same person. While the world knows of his numerous achievements, my brother Vikram and I have always felt if everyone was to know his character and the love that made him; the world could truly be a better place. More seeds of love, inspiration, and hope will be sewn.”
In 2006, Amritraj established the ‘Vijay Amritraj Foundation’. He was the first Indian recipient of the key to the city of Los Angeles and has been bestowed with UNESCO’s Pierre Coubertin Award for Fair Play. The makers are yet to sign an actor who will play the title role in the film.