Maidaan is one of the most anticipated sports biographies of Bollywood in 2020. Ajay Devgn has already confirmed that he will be playing the role of Syed Abdul Rahim, the national football coach for the Indian team in the 1950s and 1960s, taking the team to its pinnacle in success. If you are wondering about Maidaan release date or the movie's story, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Bollywood biographical movie.
Maidaan release date in India / Maidaan release date
Talking about Maidaan production timeline, principal photography for the movie began in August 2019. This was followed by first look posters in January 2020, and release date in early February. There is currently no other update on the shoot schedule.
Maidaan cast includes names like Ajay Devgn playing the lead role of Syed Abdul Rahim, Indian football coach and manager of the Indian national team from 1950-1963. Ajay Devgn was last seen playing the titular role in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.
Priyamani has been roped in to play the role of Syed Abdul Rahim's wife. Priyamani was last seen in Amazon Prime Video's original series, The Family Man. Other names like Gajraj Rao, Rudranil Ghosh, and Nitanshi Goel are expected to be part of the lead cast. We shall update the story will more information soon.
Maidaan story / Maidaan plot
Maidaan story is expected to be inspired from the "golden era of Indian football between 1952-1962". Considering Ajay Devgn is playing the lead role of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, expect the movie to revolve around his life achievements.
To give some sort of background, Rahim was the coach and manager of the Indian national football team in the above-mentioned era, and led his team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Football tournament making India the first ever Asian country to achieve this feat.
Abdul Rahim started off as the football coach of the Hyderabad City Police team in 1943, and slowly made his way to coaching the national team. His successor, Alberto Fernando had once said, "What I learnt from Rahim in 1956 is being taught now in Brazil. Verily, he was a football prophet."
We can expect Maidaan to tell us the untold story of Syed Abdul Rahim and how he managed to bring India from being a nobody in the world's most popular sport, to one of the top contenders for the top prize in the 1950s.
Maidaan First Look
Right after the announcement of the film, Maidaan First Look poster was released. Out in late January 2020, the first poster shows Ajay Devgn in character as the coach, with the entire team facing him in a ground as it rains. Each one of the players have a football in their hands.
Another first look poster from Maidaan shows Devgn kicking a football while in what seems like office attire, with a bag and umbrella in his hand. The background gives up a glimpse of India from the 1950s.
Maidaan has been directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, who has previously helmed projects like Tedhi Lakeer (documentary short), Tevar, and Badhaai Ho. Amit Sharma was also the producer on Badhaai Ho.
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