Amit Sharma's Maidaan is based on the "golden years of Indian Football". Ajay Devgn essays the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who is said to be the founding father of Indian football. He was an Indian football coach and manager of the Indian national team from 1950 until his death in 1963. He is also regarded as the architect of modern Indian football. The film also has Ajay working with Keerthy Suresh for the first time.
While we eagerly await for the film, we hear that Maidaan is all set to be Ajay's first multi- lingual release and will hit the screens in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. "The film is currently being shot in Lucknow. Through Maidaan, director Amit Ravindernath Sharma wants to familiarise the audience with the legendary coach who had heralded the golden years of Indian football. The makers were keen that the story of Syed Abdul Rahim's immense contribution to Indian football reach as many people as possible. Hence, they decided to also release it in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, thus tapping the South audience. While Ajay will dub for the Hindi version, the South versions will most likely be recorded by dubbing artistes. The makers are also toying with the idea of roping in celebrated South actors to lend their voice to Ajay's character," a leading daily quoted a trade source as saying.
Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta, the film's screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively. Confirming the development, Akash added, "Syed Abdul Rahim hailed from Hyderabad and was one of the most extraordinary coaches who took Indian football to peaks unknown to us, where India was known then as the Brazil of Asia. We always knew that this subject lends itself across languages. now that we have seen how the film is shaping up during the shoot, we are confident that this is the way to go."
Maidaan is slated to release on November 27, 2020.