Shreyas Jadhav was once a part of the second division of the English county cricket team Yorkshire, the same county for which India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar played. Interestingly, his directorial debut Me Pan Sachin is not only about a character named Sachin (Swapnil Joshi), but also has references to the former cricketer.
The co-incidences don’t end here. Joshi’s character in the film dreams of playing at London’s iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Jadhav thought of making a film on cricket when he visited the stadium while his last film as producer, Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar (2017), was made.
“It was during my visit to Lord’s that I started thinking how cricket and cinema could be merged in a story. Being a cricketer myself, I consider Sachin Tendulkar as god,” he said during a conversation with Cinestaan.com.
As cricket was always in his blood, it was natural for him to take it up as a subject for a film. He was pleasantly surprised when Joshi immediately agreed for the film. “It took me a year to write this film. I then met Swapnil Joshi. He realized that this is not just an ordinary or regular story. He straightaway said that we should do this film. It is a big thing that a big star like him trusted a first-time filmmaker like me,” he said.