Sandeep Singh to produce biopic on Sahara founder Subrata Roy
Roy's story was previously featured in the Netflix docu-series Bad Boy Billionaires
Producer Sandeep Singh has acquired the rights to a biopic on businessman and Sahara India Pariwar Chairman Subrata Roy.
In a statement, Sandeep described Subrata Roy's life as the most fascinating real story available.
"Beginning from a small town in Uttar Pradesh to becoming a founder of an organisation of 14 lakh workers working under its aegis; the second largest in India after Indian Railways, of being one of the most influential persons with stars from sports to Bollywood to politics oscillating around him; rich in controversies and audacity; a saga of emotions, rise and resilience, it has all this and more, to be a delight for filmmakers as well as the audience. His story is full of surprises, and as no one has dared explore it, it is largely untold," the producer said.
According to Sandeep, it wasn't easy getting the rights from the Sahara India Pariwar Chairman. "Mr. Roy has been approached by many for a biopic, but he was extremely reluctant about it. I met him several times during the course of the last year and was able to assure him that the film will not be made for mere financial gains but will be dealt with in all honesty and will be factual. Finally, we were able to get the rights and we are upbeat about the project. ”
Subrata Roy founded the Sahara group in 1978. Since 2010, the company has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) over investor refunds. Roy was arrested in 2014 and has been out on parole since 2016. His story was featured in the 2020 Netflix docu-series Bad Boy Billionaires.
Sandeep Singh has produced films like Mary Kom and PM Narendra Modi. He is bankrolling a biopic on VD Savarkar titled SwatantraVeer Savarkar.