After Batla House, Nikkhil Advani and John Abraham to Make a Period Drama on Football
Called 1911, the film is about Mohun Bagan's 2-1 win over East Yorkshire Regiment during the 1911 IFA Shield final.
Director Nikkhil Advani and actor John Abraham. (Photo: IANS)
Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani is all set to return with his Batla House star John Abraham in the period sports drama 1911. He revealed that shooting for the forthcoming film will begin at the end of next year.
"1911 is based on a true story. It is about a football match that took place between the Mohun Bagan Club of India and the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911. It's one of the most important events that ignited the freedom movement in India," Nikkhil said.
"It's a script that John and his team have been working on for the last five years. I believe Shoojit Sircar was going to direct the film but it didn't work out between him and John. But I loved the idea and the period of the film," he added.
Nikkhil was interacting with the media at the eighth-anniversary celebration of his production house, Emmay Entertainment in Mumbai.
Talking about his next project as a director, he said, "Right now, I am committed to do 1911. I am going to start writing it soon. We will begin shooting at the end of next year because I like to take my time with research and prep work."
"It's a nationalistic and patriotic film. It triggered off things where 11 men did not realise how they were energising an entire country to take up kind of a movement which led to freedom of India in 1947," he added.
Mohun Bagan's 2-1 win over East Yorkshire Regiment happened in 1911 IFA Shield final. It was a pivotal moment for Indian football as well as an action that triggered off a surge of patriotism all over the country. The Mohun Bagan players who achieved the feat are often referred to as the Immortal Eleven. "While doing research for the film, I discovered a moment in the story when a young boy asks Shibdas Bhaduri, who was the captain of Mohun Bagan, when we would win against the Britishers. Bhaduri tells him (the real win would be) when the British flag comes down."
Nikkhil and John have collaborated together frequently. Apart from directing the actor in the recent Batla House and the 2007 film Salaam-e-Ishq, Nikkhil also produced John's 2018 release, Satyameva Jayate.
"John has two very big biceps and big shoulders. Literally, he carries us, whether it is Satyameva Jayate or Batla House or Satyameva Jayate 2 or 1911. We have joint venture between Emmay Entertainment and (John's production house) JA Entertainment. We are committed to do six films as a company, which, may be, I will direct or may be he will act in. But we will definitely come up with six interesting movies."
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