World’s highest wicket taker Muthiah Muralitharan will have a biopic release next year.
“Murali and his production team is selecting the other characters”, his Indian wife, Madhi, speaking exclusively over telephone from Sri Lanka, said.
“The film is chronicling the life from his school days and is centred around him only, though at some stage I will be figuring in the movie too”, she added.
This biopic will first be released in Tamil with Kollywood superstar Vijay Sethupathi playing the role of the off-spinner and also in other Indian languages and Sinhala too.
The biopic will also cover Sri Lanka’s Australian tour (1995), when during the Boxing Day Test he was no-balled number of times by umpires Ross Emerson and Darrell Hair.
The biopic is certain to cover Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup final beating Australia by 7 wickets. The production team is likely to finalize the roles of other team members, including captain Arjuna Ranatunga. The film is likely to be titled as “800”, denoting the number of Test wickets the greatest off-spinner has grabbed.
On Friday, Muralitharan attended Malinga’s farewell ODIat the R. Premadasa Stadium. “He has been invited by Malinga himself”, Madhi confirmed.