T-Series to produce biopic on visually impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla with Rajkummar Rao in the lead
New Delhi, January 10, 2022
Music company T-Series has announced a biopic on the life of visually impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla which will star National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao in the lead.
Being produced by T-Series in association with N Cheese Films Production LLP, the film is a biopic of an industrialist who didn't let his visual impairment come in the way of his vision and founded Bollant Industries spearheaded by Ravi Kanth Mantha.
This story of the film is penned by Sumit Purohit and Jagdeep Sidhu.
The shooting for this film will commence in July 2022.
The film will be directed by Tushar Hiranandani, who earlier directed the Tapsee Pannu-starrer Saand Ki Aankh.
Founder of Bollant Industries, Srikanth Bolla is the first international blind student in Brain and Cognitive Science and Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hailing from a small, nondescript village in rural Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth Bolla has faced adversities and overcome challenges.
Born blind to poor, uneducated parents, Srikanth has faced immense opposition and struggle early in life right from his birth to fighting a long legal battle with the state after class 10 to opt for the science stream.
However, Srikanth always had bigger dreams. He not only cleared his tenth and twelfth standard examinations with flying colours but also managed to be the first international blind student to study at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
A strong, trailblazing visionary , he firmly believes that vision is much more than eyesight, and has to do more with the mind!
Talking about his character in the film, Rajkummar Rao said he has always been inspired by Bolla and he is privileged to play the role of the industrialist.
“Srikanth Bolla is an inspiration! It’s indeed a privilege to play such an inspiring persona who has been through a lot of hardships and despite that has risen like a phoenix! I am really looking forward to playing Srikant. I’m happy to collaborate with Bhushan sir yet again on this compelling project," he said.
Speaking about the film, producer Bhushan Kumar said, “Srikanth Bolla’s story testifies to the very proverb of acting against the odds. Having faced so many challenges since birth, yet not letting anything hamper his dreams – his journey is truly inspirational. And it’s indeed a privilege to be associated with a person like him. The personality of this character is such that only an actor of a caliber like Rajkummar Rao can justify it. We are happy to have such a fine actor on board. Tushar Hiranandani’s vision to showcase this captivating story is very peculiar. As we are thrilled to make this film, we are equally excited for the audiences to witness this compelling story of Srikanth!”
The film's producer Nidhi Parmar Hiranandani and its director Tushar Hiranandani said the film is an attempt to take the inspiring story of Bolla to the masses.
"The minute we learnt about Sri’s story we decided that this inspiring story needs to reach the masses and what can be a better medium than cinema. We are truly blessed to be working with such powerhouses like Rajkummar Rao and Bhushan ji for this project. We really hope that Sri’s journey really tugs the heart strings of the audiences just like it did for all of us," they said.
Rajkummar Rao was last seen in the comedy film Hum Do Hamaare Do, streaming on Disney Hotstar, which featured Kriti Sanon as the female lead and Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah in pivotal roles.