A biopic film based on the life of Odisha’s sprint queen Dutee Chand is made by American TV channel HBO will hit TV screens this April.
Crew members of Home Box Office (HBO) channel was engaged in shootings in Kerala at the just concluded 35th National Games to capture her sporting life, which has been marred with controversy.
They shot her training sessions at the stadium before the gold medal winning sprint and also the heats.
The beleaguered Indian teenage sprinter Dutee Chand, who was banned from competing international events for failing a ‘gender’ test, has found an ally in HBO.
The four-member crew has researched extensively on Dutee’s persona as a daughter and a sister, apart from her explots as a sportsperson. The 19-year-old athlete’s personal coach and senior Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach Nagapuri Ramesh was a valuable resource for the team as he had played the mentor’s role during her turbulent past post the sports body rulings.
Ramesh said the journalists were keen on projecting the human and humble side of the athlete, who, for no reason was prevented from taking part in two prestigious events – Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
He said earlier a TV crew from Brazil had visited Hyderabad to film the rise and fall of Dutee Chand in view of the forthcoming Olympics Games at Rio de Jenario in 2016.
Notably, the Odisha sprinter, barred from taking part in any competition after failing IAAF’s controversial new hyperandrogenism test, got a partial reprieve in December last year when the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), where she had filed an appeal in September last year, allowed her to participate in national events in its provisional ruling.
After the partial relief, the teen sprinter breached the meet record in women’s 100m event clocking 11.76 sec at the recently concluded National Games.