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‘Ours is not a biopic’: Zaid Ali Khan
Debarati Palit Singh | Sunday, 11 May 2014 AT 04:29 PM IST
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Shooter and Arjuna Award recipient Moraad Ali Khan has turned producer with his first Hindi feature film Khwaabb. The film is directed by his 25-film-old son  Zaid Ali Khan and also stars newbies — Navdip Singh and Simer Motiani. Khwaabb, which released on Friday (May 9) depicts the Indian sporting scenario while focusing on sports like swimming and athletics. Zaid, who was in the city to promote the film says that Khwaabb is his father’s brainchild. “It’s his story. Because he has played for the country. The story is told in first person narrative. There are so many elements that he has brought to it, which is important because there are so many critical issues that haven’t been addressed on celluloid,” says Zaid.
 The music of the film was launched by Salman Khan in August last year but it took a year to release the film. Talking about the delay the young filmmaker says, “That was the first look of the film. Post that, we made a few changes. But Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was releasing when we were done and we wanted to avoid a clash with such a big film, so we waited for a summer release so that children can watch the film.”  
Among this week’s releases, along with Khwaabb, there are two more sports-based films  — Million Dollar Arm and Hawaa Hawaii. So are sports-based storylines being fancied by filmmakers now, we wonder. Zaid maintains that this shows that the industry is changing in a big way. “We did not have films like Queen or Vicky Donor before. The industry is changing,” he says.
  A special screening of the film was held for several sports persons and Zaid is quite happy about the positive response the film has been gaining. “Some of them were in tears. They could relate to a lot of things we have shown in the film. They just enjoyed it,” he says.
The film highlights the plight of sports persons in India. Zaid says, “Ours is not a biopic or true story but we have shown exactly what’s happening in India. The worst thing to happen to us was when our country was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). There is a severe lack of facilities for  sports-persons. If a rural girl wants to become a swimmer, what does she do?”
 
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