To Daddy, with love!

Out to film a documentary on his father— Bishan Singh Bedi — actor Angad Bedi wants to tell a story that’s all real and not sugar-coated, just like the cricketing legend!

For the last few days, the Internet has been abuzz with speculations over the content of the film, but his son Angad makes it clear that the idea is to portray Bedi as he is —critical and indomitable.   -  Special Arrangement

Sugar coating stuff is not his forte.

Anyone who follows Indian cricket closely would know that Bishan Singh Bedi is never a people-pleaser. Just like his bowling style, he loves being sharp, accurate and always on the face.

And, if all goes well, the former India captain will soon have a full-length documentary on him, which will give us a peek into his life. With his son and actor Angad Bedi spearheading the project, the process has already begun.

For the last few days, the Internet has been abuzz with speculations over the content of the film, but speaking to Sportstar, Angad makes it clear that the idea is to portray Bedi as he is —critical and indomitable.

“Dad has never been someone who would try to please people. Be it any issue about cricket, he has always supported the cause. For that, if criticism was necessary he has done that outright,” Angad says.

While Angad plans to involve Amitabh Bachchan and Salim Khan for the project, efforts are on to get Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar speak on Bedi.   -  Special Arrangement

 

“You may love him, hate him, but there is no way you can ignore Bishan Singh Bedi. The documentary is an effort to know the man better,” Angad, who calls himself a ‘proud son of a proud father’, says.

Though his team has already started talking to people close to Bedi in a bid to gather information about the man, Angad wants to rope in someone like Piyush Pandey as the director of the documentary. “I want people who have seen him (Bedi) from closer quarters to be a part of the project. Once we are done with the research work, we will talk to each and everyone,” Angad says.

While he plans to involve Amitabh Bachchan and Salim Khan for the project, efforts are on to get Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar speak on Bedi. “Dad is someone who is never diplomatic. While others want to dodge the bullet, he takes it head on. Even as he had differences with Mr Gavaskar in the past, he still admires Gavaskar — the batsman. We want to capture all these moments,” Angad, who has made a name for himself in Bollywood, adds.

The young man, who too has played cricket for Delhi at the U-19 level, rues the absence of late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. “It would have been great if someone like him (Pataudi) could speak about those times, the chemistry and all that,” Angad says.

While he admits that the project would take at least two years to get over, Angad doesn’t want to come up with a project in a hurry. “The documentary will help the future generation know about Bishan Singh Bedi and his elegance. It won’t be sugar coated,” he promises. At a time when films are being made on Sachin or M.S. Dhoni, a film on Bedi was perhaps long overdue.

With none doing the honours, the son has finally taken up the big challenge. “When I told Dad (Bedi) about the project, he didn’t react much. Maintaining his cool and calm demeanour, he just told me — Try your luck,” Angad says, cracking a joke: “You know it is not easy to please him. The challenge is more.”

No kidding!