There will be a biopic on Sri Lankan legend Mutthiah Muralitharan which has been named as “800” to pay tribute to his 800 Test wickets. Slumdog Millionaire star Madhur Mittal will be in lead role.
Vijay Sethupathi was first finalized to play Muralitharan in the biopic, and two years ago, attempts have been made to make the film. But several political leaders and senior film leaders had objected to Sethupathi’s being included in the film after which Mittal has been chosen to do the role.
“The film is now being prepared by Movie Train Motion Pictures. The star-casts have already been finalized and we intent to release the same early next year. The 70% shooting of the film has already completed in Sri Lanka,” a source attached to the film said.
“More shooting will be done in India, England and Australia. The biopic, named as “800” in a tribute to Murali’s 800 Test wickets, shows more of his character and also has famous controversy, when he was no-balled a number of times by umpires in a Boxing Day Test (1995-96) in Australia,” the source added.
Mutthiah Muralitharan’s international career
Muttiah Muralitharan used to weave magic with a cricket ball and had stunned generations of batsmen with his leathal deliveries, often acted as an one-man army for the island nation. He had made his debut in Test in 1992 and in 133 matches, he scalped 800 wickets at an economy of 2.47. In ODI, he had played 350 matches and picked up 534 wickets while in T20I, in 12 appearances, he scalped 13 wickets.
The legendary spinner has 67 five-wicket haul and 22 ten-wicket haul to his name. He big adieu to Test cricket in 2010 while in ODI, he retired after playing 2011 World Cup where Sri Lanka faced defeat in the finals from India.