Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwavi are going to present Deepa Malik’s amazing story to the world with a biopic soon enough. Deepa is the first and only Indian woman who has won a medal at the Paralympic games. The aim of the duo is to let the world know every minute detail regarding the remarkable story of the woman.
According to Ritesh Sidhwani, the script is under development. Everything was decided after a five-hour long discussion with Deepa Malik. Talking about the project, Ritesh said:
”I had watched videos of her and knew that her life story was unreal, but when I met her, and she let me hold her medal, the sheer weight of the silver gave me gooseflesh. At one point in her life, she had to choose between death and life in a wheelchair, and she chose the latter. But as she sat in front of me, there was nothing differently-abled about her. She was empowering, a pillar of strength, and I knew that we needed to take her fight to the big screen.”
The shooting of the film will initiate next year. Also, the lead cast of the movie is not decided yet. Providing some additional details regarding the film, Ritesh added:
”It will also feature her children and husband and most definitely her hometown Haryana, her present home in Delhi and her win in Rio De Janeiro, among other places.”
Deepa Malik is 46 years old now and is a mother of two girls. She suffered a backache during her second pregnancy twenty years ago. Despite these complications, she had a standard delivery. Though, later on, a tumor was spotted in her spinal column. Overcoming all the odds, Deepa Malik had 31 surgeries and 183 stitches to defeat the spinal tumor. Impressed by her fighting spirit, Ritesh said:
”In 2006, she took to javelin throw and then had to change her sport one year before the Paralympics. For an event for which people train their entire lives, she had only 12 months to learn shot put. She returned home with a silver medal in Rio.”
As of now, Deepa is associated with the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India and Himalayan Motorsports Association. She has also been honored with Arjuna Award in 2012.