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Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 26, 2017)
After Shoojit Sircar’s Pink, Angad Bedi is gearing up to write and direct a sports documentary, tentatively titled Bish, on his father Bishen Singh Bedi. The former Indian cricketer and spin wizard played for India between 1966 and 1979 and served as captain in 22 test matches.
Angad told Mirror, “I love sports and look up to all the icons our country has produced. Fortunately, I was born to one of them. Now, I want to share his inspiring cricketing journey with everyone. My father has always been opinionated, called a spade a spade, and has dedicatedly worked towards the betterment of the game. I want everyone to know about his passion for it.”
The documentary will feature the lesser- known aspects of Bedi Sr’s sporting journey. “As a child, he’d practice bowling for eight hours. Many people, especially of this generation, don’t know that he’s RH-O Negative, and once, when he was in Pakistan, he learnt that someone needed blood and went straightaway to donate,” Angad informs, adding that it will also focus on the friendships his father forged with cricketers Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar, among others.
He’s currently collating data for the project. “I have a lot of video footage on my father which I plan to compile with his help. He is extremely difficult to impress so the going is slow,” he admits.
The documentary will also throw light on the father-son dynamic between them and Angad informs that the natural progression to it would be a feature. “But one thing at a time,” he adds. Would he play his father in the feature film? “You know, Saif Ali Khan recently said that it could be tricky to play your own dad. But never say never,” Angad signed off.