T-Series to co-produce biopic on visually-impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla

Srikanth Bolla is flanked by Rajkummar Rao (left) and Bhushan Kumar (right) with Nidhi and Tushar Hiranandani (extreme left and extreme right). Photo: Courtesy T-Series

The inspiring story of Srikanth Bolla, a visually-impaired industrialist, will be directed by Tushar Hiranandani and produced by T-Series and Chalk N Cheese Films Production LLP. Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Nidhi Parmar Hiranandani will produce this compelling story starring Rajkummar Rao in the title-role. The film will be directed by writer Tushar Hiranandani.

Srikanth did not let his visual impairment come in the way of his professional vision and founded Bollant Industries spearheaded by Ravi Kanth Mantha. This inspiring tale is penned by Sumit Purohit and Jagdeep Sidhu for the screen, and the shoot on this film will commence July 2022.

Hailing from a small, nondescript village in Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth faced adversities and overcame challenges. Born blind to poor, uneducated parents, he faced immense opposition and struggle early in life, right from his birth to fighting a long-standing legal battle with the state after Std. X to opt for the Science stream.

Srikanth always had bigger dreams, and he not only cleared his tenth and twelfth standard exams with flying colors but also managed to be the first international blind student to study at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He emerged a strong, trailblazing visionary as he firmly believed that vision is much more than about eyesight, and has to do more with the mind!

Talking about Srikanth’s amazing persona, Bhushan Kumar, managing director and chairman of T-Series, says, “Srikanth Bolla’s story testifies the very proverb of acing against the odds. Having faced so many challenges since birth, yet not letting anything hamper his dreams—his journey is truly inspirational. And it’s indeed a privilege to be associated with a person like him. The personality of this character is such that only an actor of the caliber of Rajkummar Rao can justify it and we are happy to have such a fine actor on board. Tushar Hiranandani’s vision to showcase this captivating story is very peculiar. As we are thrilled to make this film, we are equally excited for the audiences to witness this compelling story.”

Nidhi Parmar Hiranandani and Tushar Hiranandani jointly added, “The minute we learnt about Sri’s story we decided that this inspiring tale needed to reach the masses, and what can be a better medium than cinema? We are truly blessed to be working with such powerhouses like Rajkummar Rao and Bhushan-ji for this project. We really hope that Sri’s journey really tugs the heartstrings of the audiences just like it did for all of us.”

Talking about his character, Rajkummar Rao stated, “Srikanth Bolla is an inspiration! It’s indeed a privilege to play such an inspiring persona who has been through a lot of hardships, and despite that has risen like a phoenix! I am really looking forward to playing Srikant.”

The film is tentatively titled Srikanth Bolla.





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