RBN Web Desk: Shooting of the biopic on former India football captain Krishanu Dey is all set to start soon. The biopic will be streamed as a web-series on a popular on-demand digital entertainment platform. It’s being directed by Korok Murmu, while Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumni Anurag Urha has been roped in to play Krishanu.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most creative playmakers in Indian football in the 1980s and 1990s, Krishanu breathed his last on 20 March, 2003. He was 41.
A first for any Indian footballer, the Krishanu Dey biopic is expected to be streamed from August. The first season will comprise eight episodes that will highlight Krishanu’s rise as a footballer, who went on to don national colours in the Asian Games, Merdeka Tournament, the pre-Olympic qualifiers and the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup.
Korok informed the media that he has spoken to the deceased footballer’s wife Sharmila Dey and their son Soham regarding the biopic.
Sharmila said that the series will be a fitting tribute to her husband who never got his proper due. Anurag looks strikingly similar to Krishanu, Sharmila said, adding that she couldn’t move a muscle when the actor walked in through the doors.
Krishanu debuted for Calcutta Police and then played for Mohun Bagan from 1982 to 1984. He joined East Bengal in 1985 where he played for seven consecutive seasons. He formed a lethal midfield combination with close friend Bikash Panji which has now become a part of Indian football’s folklore. Both Krishanu and Bikash returned to Mohun Bagan in 1992. Krishanu was often dubbed as the ‘Indian Maradona’ for his brilliant midfield skills.
The soft-spoken and extremely introvert Krishanu played for the Indian national team from 1984 to 1993 where he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances.
Korok informed that both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan officials have promised all-out help to make the biopic. He has also spoken to Krishanu’s peers like Subrata Bhattacharya, Cheema Okerie, Manoranjan Bhattacharya and others to collect information. However, the actors for these roles are yet to be finalised, he said.