In a recent interaction with the media during the launch of the sportswear brand D:FY, actor Farhan Akhtar said that sports stories are easier to understand and they also inspire people.
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Talking about the rising trend of cinema sports, Farhan said, "We always look up to sporting icons and sporting legends over the time that we have had, to bring their stories onscreen. There is a lot I think, for children especially, to learn about character and life and it also helps to re-invent you and to deal with failure."
The actor feels that people, in general, find such stories inspiring. "I think if you can take stories from sports, they are easier for people to understand and they inspire people because they are not very complicated so, it gets easy for children and people in general to learn life lessons from sports."
"As far as cinema on sports is concerned, I think nothing can be more dramatic. When you watch a sport, be it cricket or football or badminton, we have seen the events in a match, where you feel this has played out in a way which couldn’t even be scripted. If you write it, then people might question that how is it possible? So, there is lot of drama in sports and that’s what makes it so enjoyable to watch. In sports, heroes emerge and stories are created in a way that you cannot possibly imagine," he added.
There are many upcoming movies related to the sports genre. The audience will be able to see a sports film based on India’s 1983 World Cup win titled as "83" featuring Ranveer Singh as the former Indian captain Kapil Dev.
Shraddha Kapoor will also be playing the role of the Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in an upcoming film by Amol Gupte.
On the work front, Farhan is gearing up for his next film "The Sky is Pink" which is a biographical drama film based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary, a motivational speaker who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film also stars Priyanka Chopra and Zaira Wasim in lead roles.