Maidaan: a glimpse of Indian Football of the “golden age”, Ajay Devgn starrer, ‘Maidaan’ is an upcoming biopic, based on the life of a football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, in the year 1952-62 of the golden era.
Badhaai Ho fame director Amit Sharma directed Maidaan is produced by Zee Studios in association with Bayview Projects LLP, the shooting started on August 19, 2019.
The National Award winner Keerthi Suresh was the first choice to play lead female opposite Ajay Devgn but makers felt that she is looking young to play a motherly role in the film, another South Indian actress Priyamani grabbed the role.
The architect of Indian football, who paved the way for Indian football, Syed Abdul Rahim, is being portrayed by Ajay Devgn. It is based on the real-life experiences of Syed Rahim.
As Ajay rightly said in his tweet, “ Yeh Kahani hai Indian football Ke golden phase ki aur uske sabse badey successful coach ki”.
Maidaaan Release Date, Cast & Crew
Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Priyamani, Gajraj Rao, Rudranil Ghosh, And Others
Release Date: 3rd Jun 2022
Producer: Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, Arunava Joy Sengupta
Production Company: Zee Studios
Screenplay: Saiwyn Quadras
Dialogue: Saiwyn Quadras, Ritesh Shah
Writer: Akash Chawla, Arunava Joy Sengupta, Saiwyn Quadras
Background Music: Sidhant Mago, Mayank Mehra
Costume: Designer Kirti Kolwankar, Maria Tharakan
Music Director: Sajid-Wajid
Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Editor: Dev Rao Jadhav
Cinematographer: Tushar Kanti Ray
Who is Syed Abdul Rahim?
Syed Abdul Rahim was born in the year 1909 in Hyderabad, also known as Rahim Saab. From the year 1950 till his death in 1963, he was an Indian Football coach and manager of the Indian national team. He was a teacher by profession and his time as a football coach of India is considered to be the “golden age” as under his guidance, the Indian team was able to reach the semi-finals of the Melbourne Olympic Football tournament in 1956 and India became the first-ever Asian country to reach this milestone.
Rahim also coached the Hyderabad city police from 1943-63 and later in the year 1951, India won its Asian Games gold medal. It was only in 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta that he had his last and final success, where India won a gold medal beating South Korea.
Football in India
Football is in the top 3 list of most popular sports in India, after cricket and kabaddi. Indian Super League is India’s won domestic football league, with 11 teams. It started in the year 2014 and it was the second national football league after the third season, parallel with the I-League. This makes India with two recognized Football League.
India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October 2017 and it was the first FIFA event in India. It was the most successful with a total headcount of 1,347,133. India will also be hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2022 (FIFA U-17).
Maidaan Budget and screen count
The budget of the movie is expected to be around Rs 100 Cr, according to sources. If it achieves success, the film is expected to produce around Rs 150 Cr, with around Rs 10-13 Cr on day 1. If Corona keeps silent, Dussehra release this movie, screen count in India is expected to be 2500 (approx.) and 500 (approx.) overseas, with a total of 3000 (approx.) worldwide.
Maidaan Release Date
The movie was scheduled to release on October 15, 2021, worldwide but changed again and now Ajay Devgn shares posters with new release date.
Maidaan, A story that will resonate with every Indian, a film that I feel very strongly about. Mark the date on your calendar. Releasing worldwide on 3rd June, 2022. pic.twitter.com/bmHM2sf8qm
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 30, 2021
Maidaan release date changed three times in the past due to COVID-19.