Fresh off his performance in the sports biopic Maidaan, Ajay Devgn is gearing up for another film on the world of athletics. This time, he is producing a biopic on Palwankar Baloo, the pioneering cricketer credited as India’s first Dalit player. The news was revealed by film producer Priti Sinha on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) on May 29, 2024.

Ajay Devgn to star in biopic of India's first Dalit cricketer Palwankar Baloo; helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Ajay Devgn to produce a biopic on India’s first Dalit cricketer Palwankar Baloo; to be helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Sinha’s announcement indicated a collaborative effort between herself, Devgn, and director Tigmanshu Dhulia. “We are producing Baloo Palwankar’s story based on @Ram_Guha sir’s book ‘A Corner Of A Foreign Field,’” she wrote, expressing their intent to bring this cricketer’s tale to the big screen.

Filming is expected to commence by the end of 2023. The project reportedly draws inspiration from historian Ramchandra Guha’s book, which delves into the life and struggles of Palwankar Baloo. Born into the Dalit community, Baloo’s journey began humbly as a groundskeeper at a Pune cricket club. However, his talent and dedication shone through, leading to his selection for the Hindu Gymkhana in 1896. Guha’s book presumably explores the challenges Baloo faced throughout his career due to caste discrimination.

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn’s upcoming slate also boasts Neeraj Pandey’s Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha starring Tabu. He also has Rohit Shetty’s action extravaganza Singham Again.

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