Director R Balki, who was in discussions some time back for his film Chup, is once again in discussions. This time he is getting a discussion about his film Ghoomar. Ghoomar is named after the famous Rajasthani dance, but it is not a dance-based film but a sports-oriented film, with cricket at its center. Describing Ghoomar as a unique cricket film, filmmaker R Balki says his next directorial venture is his way of giving back to the game.
Balki, known for films like Cheeni Kum, Ki and Ka, and Pad Man, is directing and producing Ghoomar. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Abhishek Bachchan, Saiyami Kher, and Angad Bedi in lead roles.
The film's story, which he co-wrote with Rahul Sengupta and Rishi Virmani, is inspired by the story of the late Hungarian right-handed shooter Károly Tasks, who shot two Olympic Games with his left hand after his other hand was severely injured. Won gold medals.
Ghoomar is a unique story. It is almost like inventing a new ball in cricket. This is the story of a girl, a cricketer, who loses her arm and how a man inspires her to become a champion. According to the director, the team took a long time to develop a new style of bowling that the game had never seen.
For me, Ghoomar's journey was about discovering something new in games. We have seen many movies about cricket. No one wants to watch another cricket movie.
If I am doing (only) a cricket film, what will I give back to cricket or the game? We did a lot of research and came up with a really new delivery that cricket hasn't seen, so it's interesting.
Balki also said that Rahul Sengupta had given the idea of the film long back. After some deliberation, they finally decided to choose cricket as the central subject of the shoot. Rahul had an idea about this based on the Hungarian shooter. I suggested making it a cricket film instead of a shooting film because it would take a long time for people to understand (the game).
The filmmaker has already completed the shooting of Ghoomar, which is currently in the editing stage. R Balki is planning to release it in theaters in March next year. Balki, whose last release was the thriller Chup: Revenge of the Artist, said working on Ghoomar was a difficult process as he usually takes some time to switch from one project to another.
R Balki said filmmaking is a painstaking process, I admire people who deliver a film every six months. For the first time in my life, I have done back-to-back films. Quiet and then Ghoomar due to the pandemic. I already feel that I have done 10 films. It has to do with being able to switch off and switch on. It takes a long time for me to get over the idea of a film or the feel of it. I am still in the silent zone and I am already doing the Ghoomar. It gets complicated because the previous one was a suspense thriller and this one is the complete opposite - a cheesy feel-good film.