‘Byomkesh’ Rajit Kapur turns Sachin’s coach

The veteran actor is portraying the role of Ramakant Achrekar in Pramod Purswane’s docu-drama.

A still from the film, which portrays Rajit Kapur as Ramakant Achrekar.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

From a super sleuth to an ace cricket coach — life seems like one mixed bag of experiences for Rajit Kapur. The noted theatre artist and Bollywood actor, who mesmerised the audience playing the iconic ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ on television, is now plying his trade in the cricketing circle, albeit as Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘coach’. Well, you read that right!

These days, the veteran actor, known for his versatility, is busy shooting in Mumbai for director Pramod Purswane’s docu-drama, ‘Sir’, which largely talks about the life of the legendary coach Ramakant Achrekar. While the major part of the film on Tendulkar’s mentor is already shot, the director is now filming important sequences with Kapur in the key role. “It is a great thing to have a terrific actor like Rajit on board. I have already shot quite a few scenes with him,” Purswane told Sportstar.

The crew is busy shooting in Mumbai for director Pramod Purswane’s docu-drama, ‘Sir’, which largely talks about the life of the legendary coach Ramakant Achrekar.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

As reported by Sportstar last month, the film, which the director claims is not a biopic, will have Tendulkar talk about how coach Achrekar helped him become a batting mainstay. The title has been suggested by the Little Master too. The film will also have Achrekar’s other students — Pravin Amre, Chandrakant Pandit, Amol Muzumder, Ajit Tendulkar, Atul Ranade— narrating stories about their beloved mentor.

Even Kapur is excited to be a part of the project. “It was something interesting. When the director approached me, I listened to the idea to understand the requirement. Since there’s not much footage of Achrekar available, we decided to go with a character play. We still have a few more sequences to shoot,” Kapur said. Admitting that it is a challenge to portray the character of a talked about coach, Kapur said, “Without any challenge, there is no fun.”

Director Pramod Purswane narrates a scene to Sachin Tendulkar before the shoot.   -  Special Arrangement


Achrekar’s student and former Mumbai cricketer Atul Ranade, who has brought everyone together for the project, is looking forward to the film. “It is not a biopic. It revolves around the student-teacher relationship and also shows how Achrekar sir produced a talent like Sachin. When we discussed the idea with Sachin and his brother Ajit, they were thrilled,” Ranade said, adding that Purswane’s film will help youngsters learn the importance of a teacher-student bonding.

After receiving a National Award for his documentary, ‘And We Play On’ in 2011, Purswane and co-producer Ashutosh Upadhyay spent three years to shoot the film on Achrekar. “We can’t call it Achrekar sir’s biopic because our story is how he supported his wards despite financial difficulties. It is rare in today’s times, where youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan struggle just because there is no Achrekar to help him out,” Purswane explained.

The crew is expecting to wrap the shoot by next month and the film is likely to hit the theatres on December 3 — on Achrekar’s birthday.

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