Film on SA Indian golfer to star B'wood actor
Fakir Hassen Producer David Selvan is making a film on famed South African Indian golfer Papwa Sewgolum, which will star a Bollywood actor in the lead role. Sewgolum won a national tournament during the apartheid era but had to receive his award in the rain outside because he was not allowed onto the premises of the Durban Country Club due to racial segregation laws at the time.
"People who watch the film will be moved by the story of Papwa's rise against all odds in an uplifting tale," locally-based producer Selvan said on the periphery of the Durban Film Festival that started in Sewgolum's hometown on Saturday.
A Bollywood A-lister with some knowledge of golf would be sought to play the lead role, while an established international actor will be signed up play the role of Graham Wulff, the white chemist who befriended and guided the career of Sewgolum.
Despite his very unconventional swinging techniques, Sewgolum achieved international fame and a book about his life was sold out on release a few years ago.
Selvan said they would like to have the premieres of the still untitled movie with a budget of 50 million rands in 2013 in Durban and Los Angeles. PTI