On August 7, Neeraj Chopra became India’s first Olympic gold medalist in athletics, and only the second Indian to win the top prize in an individual event at the Games, following Abhinav Bindra’s gold in the 10m Air Rifle shooting event in China in 2008.
The cinematic adaptation of Champion Neeraj Chopra’s life storey, which has made India proud, is in the works. Arun Roy Thodar, a Kannada film producer who is now working on a film on the Kambala race in Karnataka and the lives of Tulu people, revealed the news to the fans.
However, in response to a question about his biopic, Neeraj replied in an interview, “Don’t start making a biopic on me just yet. I’m still participating in (the sport) and would wish to do so in the future. More stories, I suppose, will be added to my voyage (for the biopic). I’d like to concentrate on my game. I’d like a biopic created about me, but only when I’ve completed my trip and retired from sports!”
The 23-year-old farmer’s kid from Khandra village in Panipat, Haryana, stunned the sports world by throwing 87.58 metres in the finals on his second attempt, ending India’s 100-year quest of winning an Olympic track and field medal. He became an overnight sensation and amassed millions of Instagram followers.