Who will play Sourav Ganguly on screen? That has been the big question since 2021 when the former Indian cricket captain announced the biopic. Speculation intensified earlier this year, with Ayushmann Khurrana and Ranbir Kapoor said to be the frontrunners for the role.
In May, mid-day reported that Khurrana would team up with director Aishwarya Rajinikanth for the biopic (Ayush to play Dada on screen, May 31). Later, it has been learned that the actor-director duo will kick off the shoot in December.
Now, in an interview with Pinkvilla, Ayushmann Khurrana talked about speculations around him starring in a biopic of legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, often known as Dada. When asked if the rumours about Sourav Ganguly`s biopic are genuine, Ayushmann smiled and responded, “I don`t know. I`m not saying anything right now. We have to make an official announcement whenever and whatever that happens. (sic)”
Portraying one of India’s most successful skippers won’t come easy. The actor will have to train in various aspects, from replicating Ganguly’s batting stance to perfecting his manner of hitting winners on the off-side. An advantage that Khurrana enjoys is that he is a left-handed batter, like the former cricketer. A source reveals, “Ayushmann will begin training next month in Mumbai, giving him over two months to prep for the role before the project goes on floors in December.” Ganguly, who is closely involved with the Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg production, is said to have already met the leading man. It’s uncertain yet whether the first schedule will be shot in Mumbai or in the former cricketer’s native city, Kolkata.
On the work front, Ayushmann was recently seen in Dream Girl 2 alongside Ananya Panday. The film got a decent response from both audiences and critics.
According to trade expert and analyst Taran Adarsh, the film has earned a total of 86.16 crores till now. The trade expert tweeted, “#DreamGirl2 continues to score, the gains on [second] Sat-Sun give it the much-required push… Has chances of hitting ₹ 100 cr, if it retains some prime shows at prime locations after #Jawan arrives… [Week 2] Fri 4.70 cr, Sat 6.36 cr, Sun 8.10 cr. Total: ₹ 86.16 cr. #India biz. #Boxoffice”