Tigmanshu Dhulia to direct biopic on cricketer Baloo Palwankar( left-arm spinner)

By: PTI | Ians | Published:April 13, 2017 1:27 pm

During an upheaval in the colonial India, a Dalit bowler became known for his heroic struggle. Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is now all set to make a biopic on the cricketer. Titled Baloo, the film will chronicle the story of the left-arm spinner Baloo Palwankar, who played for the Hindu Gymkhana Club in the early 1900s.

He is hailed as the first member of the Dalit caste to make a significant impact on the sport.

“I prefer telling stories about unsung heroes. Like Paan Singh, Baloo Palwankar too is unknown outside cricketing circle. His story is the story of India and what better backdrop to have than cricket,” Tigmanshu told PTI.

Produced by Vinay Sinha and Priti Sinha, the film is expected to roll out next year as currently the makers are finishing the research work of the movie, being carried out by historian Dr Ramachandra Guha.

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