First look of cricket legend Muralidharan's biopic '800' released
The first look of '800, a biopic on former cricketer Muthaiah Muralitharan, directed by MS Sripathy, has been released on the cricketer's birthday
Cricket legend Muthiah Muralidaran is getting a biopic with actor Madhurr Mittal of Slumdog Millionaire fame, stepping into the lead role in the MS Sripathy-directed Tamil film 800.
The first look of the film was unveiled on Monday on the occasion of the cricketer's 51st birthday.
Muthiah Muralidaran, the spin wizard, was rated the greatest Test Match bowler by Wisden's Cricketers Almanack in 2002. In 2017, he was the first Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Actor Madhurr Mittal is delighted to have landed this opportunity. He said: "It's an honour to bring the story of a legend like Muralidaran on screen. We all know him as a cricketer, but there's a lot in the film about him as a person who has beaten the odds to come up triumphant in life which will inspire generations of youngsters down the decades."
Muralidaran's teammate, former cricketer VVS Laxman wished him on his birthday along with well wishes for the film in a tweet.
800 is a sports drama and will chronicle the journey of Murali amidst a Civil War to becoming one of the most successful bowlers ever, the highest wicket taker who averaged six wickets per Test match.
The film is titled after the record number of wickets Murali took in Test cricket.
800 is written and directed by MS Sripathy , and will release in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.
Speaking about his inspirational muse, Sripathy said, "800 is not just a story around Murali's cricket career, but a story of human courage. The film is an inspiring story of a common man standing against all odds who became a legend through his grit and determination. 800 captures the many faces of the legend that is Muthiah Muralidaran, a cricket icon from a war-torn Sri Lanka, who became the greatest wicket-taker of all time. For those who know nothing of cricket, it is a thrilling and poignant underdog tale. For those who have followed Murali's turbulent career, it will show you the man behind the myth".
Interestingly, Murali has his roots in Tamil Nadu. His grandparents were Indians taken to Sri Lanka by Britishers to work in tea plantations there.
Admirably, despite all the controversies, Murali topped ICC's player rankings for Test bowlers for a record 1,711 days across 214 Test matches. In 2009, at home in Colombo, he scalped Gautam Gambhir to streak ahead of Wasim Akram's 502 wicket haul to set a new ODI record.
The film, produced by Movie Train Motion Pictures and Vivek Rangachari, is slated to release this year.
With inputs from agencies
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