Sudheer Babu on Pullela Gopichand Biopic: ''Script is ready; shooting is likely to start in December''

Tollywood actor Sudheer Babu is one of the few protagonists who give priority to content rather than character length. He is not only well known in Tollywood but also in Bollywood. The talented actor has got good reviews for his performance as a cop in his recent release V, directed by Indraganti Mohan Krishna. He will be next seen in the biopic of Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand. Directed by Praveen Sattaru of ‘Chandamama Kathalu’ and ‘PSV Garuda Vega 126.18M’ fame, the film will be made as a Telugu-Hindi bilingual.

Sudheer Babu underwent extremely rigorous training to play Pullela Gopichand, a former Indian badminton player who’s the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. For the uninitiated, Sudheer Babu was a professional badminton player before becoming an actor. The actor recently caught up with the media about the project.

Speaking to a popular Telugu media channel, he said, ”I know the game of badminton. I have some skill but need some practice. I think it’s enough to make some improvements to that talent. In fact, some biopics failed to entertain the audience, because the actors who played those roles focused only on the character’s body language. They missed out the soul of the character by focusing only on their walking, speaking etc. If we want to know that person soul, we have to be with him and, we have to travel with him. We need to know the twists and turns happened in his life.”

Elaborating on his words, Sudheer said, ”I travelled with Pullela Gopichand for eight years. I played with him as a partner. However, there is a lot to know about him. I need to meet and talk to people in his life. We hope we will show the character nicely on the screen.”

Speaking further about the game, the actor adds, ”Badminton looks very easy when watching on TV, but it’s really hard to play. There are many challenges to face in the game. The player competes with himself. We cannot express that conflict in words; we can only show it through feelings.”

”The script is ready. Shooting is likely to start in December. We aim to release the film before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The inspiring life story of Pullela Gopichand should be known to everyone in the country. I feel very happy if some people desire to become athletes after watching this movie,” he concluded.