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Within days after three Team Rajasthan cricketers — the most prominent being S Sreesanth — were arrested for their alleged involvement in the betting racket, Malayalam filmmakers Shaji Kailas and A K Sajan are gearing up for a film titled Cricket, which is loosely based on Sreesanth’s life.
The duo has already finished the preliminary discussion of the script, which will be penned by Sajan and helmed by Shaji, who has previously directed films such as Ekalavyan and Mafia that centred on the operations of the underworld in Kerala and Karnataka.
On the current Malayalam project, Shaji tells us, “It’s about the rise and fall of a young Malayali cricketer. The lead character is a young all-rounder from a small school in Kerala who reaches great heights because of his talent and hard work. But after attaining fame, greed takes over and he starts wishing for things he never wanted and ends up doing things he would never have.”
Confirming that the movie is loosely based on Sreesanth’s life, Sajan says, “In Sreesanth’s case, a role model for young aspiring crickets has been destroyed. It’s a blessing to reach the heights he has attained in Indian cricket, but to squander it all for greed… there’s no one else to blame but himself. The movie will focus on how the youth today are more materialistic and adopt negative means to attain their goals. We want it to deliver a strong message.”
Sajan says that the movie will explore the cricket-underworld nexus and how the money offered to cricketers “is the tip of the iceberg, with huge amounts of black money being generated through betting in cricket.”