National Award-winning director Srijit Mukherji has confirmed that he will direct a biopic on Swapna Barman, who became India’s first ever heptathlete to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2018. Making the announcement on Tuesday, Mukherji said he has roped in Bengali actress Sohini Sarkar to essay the role of Barman who became an overnight sensation after her Asiad feat.

Yes, the heptathlon champ deserves every stardom she is getting, but essaying the role of the gifted sportsperson wouldn’t be easy task for Sarkar. The actor will soon begin her rigorous workshop to prep for the inspirational role.

“Swapna is not only the pride of Bengal but has also made the nation proud with her achievement at such a young age after enduring so much. The film will focus on her life, her struggles and her achievements,” Mukherji told IANS

Twenty-one-year-old Barman is the first-ever gold medallist in the women’s heptathlon in Asian Games 2018. She achieved the feat while suffering a crippling toothache. Following her achievement, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh and a job for the athlete.

The gold medallist has given India a purpose to love an underrated sport. The Heptathlon is a mix of seven events — 100m, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, Javelin Throw, Long Jump, and 800m. This is the first ever gold medal for India in Heptathlon at Asiad and the six-toed (on each foot) girl is only the fifth woman to cross 6000 points!

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Barman’s family in Jalpaiguri lives in financial crisis. A biopic on her inspirational life story will be of immense help. She is the daughter of Panchanan Barman — a rickshaw-puller — who is bedridden for the past couple of years. Her mother, Basana Devi, works as a domestic help.

Feature Image Credit: Sportstarlive

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