As it has been raining biographies in Bollywood for some years now, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari have broken the chain with a break point. The documentary series focuses on the complex relationship between tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.
The Hindustan Times thinks that a fictional biography of Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari fits exactly with Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. The directors turned to Hollywood for options.
“I think Leonardo DiCaprio for Lee (Leander),” said Ashwini, and Nitesh, “Matt Damon for Mahesh.” The names of Mahesh who separated Mahesh and Leander gave his pair of glasses to Ashwini. “Ashwini, do you need my glasses?” He smiled. Ashwini joked, “Then Nitesh, who will fight between you and me, who will direct it or we will direct together.”
Nitesh explained that they chose direct accounts of their stories because they did not like the speculations surrounding the credibility of the series. “I wanted Leander’s view of him, I wanted Mahesh’s view of him, I wanted others’ view of them. There’s so much credibility you see in the series. We don’t want speculation either. No, that’s right … you see it happened, “he said.
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Nitesh said they faced many challenges during the show. “The biggest challenge is how to deal with the unknown. When you make a film, the whole screenplay is in front of you. So we were twice as willing to do this. How many hours did we talk to Leander and Mahesh separately, with Leander and Mahesh separately,” he said.
The epidemic has also caused challenges, he said. “It was very difficult to shoot an epidemic. We were only able to shoot when things were open, and we wanted to make it world-class, so we wanted to interview tennis legends, duo legends and personal legends and their partners who played tennis around the world with them, not just the remote. Finding a production team in eight countries and going out and shooting and coordinating filming with them.