IPOH :At 7.19 pm on the night of December 18, Indian hockey finally found a high after years of malaise and underperformance. The juniors had won the World Cup beating Belgium and Lucknow partied long into the night.
Those scenes are going to be brought to the silver screen thanks to a group who want to portray Harjeet Singh’s journey from his initial steps in the sport to captaining the team that created history last year. Harjeet, who is with the team at the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, smiled when asked about the development.
“After we won the World Cup, Ammy Virk (a Punjabi Bhangra singer and actor) called and said he wanted to make a biopic on this achievement,” Harjeet told Express. “Mostly, he discussed it with my family. I wasn’t much involved because of my playing commitments.”
He may just be 21, but he already has had a life worth retelling. Especially his struggles which almost saw him leaving the sport a few years ago. The son of a truck driver from Kurali in Punjab, the midfielder thought of turning his back on the sport when his family, who were living a hand to mouth existence, struggled to finance his dream — sticks, shoes, proper diet... the works.
The Hockey India League (HIL), and his undoubted talent changed that scenario. Images of despair and desolation followed by winning is a trope favoured by filmmakers for obvious reasons. The film, titled ‘Harjeeta’, is still in pre-production stage but is slated for release by the end of the year. “The producers invited the team for a dinner in New Delhi. But they are yet to tell us the story.”