The biopic of India’s first woman Olympic champion Karnam Malleswari has been a topic of discussion ever since it was announced. There have been speculations rife about the actress who will depict the role of Karnam Malleswari.
If anything to go by the latest buzz, popular actress and playback singer Nithya Menen has been approached to play the role of Karnam Malleswari but she refused to star in her biopic for unknown reasons.
The makers of the film are currently scouting for a lead actress and they will soon make an official announcement of the same in the coming days. The biopic of Karnam Malleswari will be directed by Sanjana Reddy.
Talking about Karnam, she was hailed as the ‘Iron Lady of Andhra’. She was the only athlete in the 65-member Indian contingent in Sydney to secure a medal in that year’s Olympic games. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Karnam Malleswari’s iconic win at the Olympics.
You must have heard of the likes of PV SIndhu, Sania Mirza or Sakshi Malik and their exploits on the world stage that have given India countless reasons to be proud. But the trailblazer of them was Karnam Malleswari.
In 1995, she received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna,India’s highest sporting honour, and in 1999, the civilian Padma Shri award. The achievements of Karnam Malleswari set the ball rolling for the likes of Sindhu, Malik and others to follow.
The film will go on floors once the lockdown is lifted.