Sundeep Kishan On His First Sports Film A1 Express Releasing On 5 March, ‘Hope To Create Awareness About Hockey’s Potential’- EXCLUSIVE

Telugu star Sundeep Kishan is very excited about his ready-for-release film A1 Express. “It is my first sports film, and that too about hockey, a sport that has been neglected for way too long.”

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Sundeep Kishan On His First Sports Film A1 Express Releasing On 5 March, ‘Hope To Create Awareness About Hockey’s Potential’- EXCLUSIVE
Telugu star Sundeep Kishan is very kicked about his ready-for-release film A1 Express. “It is my first sports film, and that too about hockey, a sport that has been neglected for way too long.” Sundeep hopes to create awareness about the game’s potential. “Look at how kabbaddi has grown ever since it got corporatized. I hope to see hockey getting the same kind of makeover, though I am not so ambitious as to believe my film can do the turnaround in the fortunes of the game.”

 Sundeep whose last Telugu film Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL was well-received, laments the paucity  of films on hockey. “There have been two very significant films  in Hindi cinema Chak De and Soorma  on   hockey. But that’s it. I’m proud to say we’re among the  first to  give  sports  and  hockey so much importance in the South.”

Sundeep reveals that AI Express is a remake of  a Tamil hit. “That’s right. We bought the remake  rights of the Tamil film Natpe Thunai, but made quite a few changes from  the original. We moved the goal posts in the plot to give it a more rounded look. We built on the character, gave them more space.”

 Sundeep who plays the lead, learnt hockey from scratch. “Of course I knew hockey. I watched the game, but never played it. For the film I learnt to play hockey well enough to look like  a professional. We also hired some state-level hockey champs  to play  in the  film.All in  all, I feel we’ve made a  film that does  the game  proud.”

The  film releases  only in theatres  on March 5.

Says  Sundeep, “We  got  some really tempting offers  from digital platforms. But we  desisted . A1 Express was made for  the  big screen. We cannot put content  designed  for movie theatres  on  the  digital platform. The two  outlets  must have a separate existence.”    

Image source: Instagram/sundeepkishan
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