Least we know about an athlete named Mariyappan Thangavelu until this 21-year-old from Tamil Nadu created a history in Rio Summer Paralympics by winning a gold medal in the men's high jump T-42 category. The gold of Mariyappan has brought an end of 12 years of drought of a medal by an Indian in the Paralympics since 2004.
Now, believing the tweet of Shah Rukh Khan, Thangavelu's life will be soon made it to a Tamil cinema. The film will be directed by Aishwarya Dhanush and her husband and Tamil star Dhanush will play Thangavelu. Shah Rukh posted the first look poster of the film in his tweet wishing an 'all the best' for the team.
Aishwarya is currently shooting a sequel movie to Velai Illa Pattathari with Dhanush and Kajol in the lead.
Mariyappan Thangavelu ascendancy to gold medal in the Paralympics has all the ingredients of making a thrilling, inspiring movie.
Born into a family fraught with poverty as one of the five children, Mariyappan showed excellence in his studies. However, fate has something different in store for this lad. His father had abandoned the family when the kids were too small and the mother, Saroja, has to do the role of a labourer at a brick industry to vegetable seller to teach her kids. Thangavelu was a normal kid until the age of five, and an accident left him permanently impaired. While walking to school on a morning, the little Mariyappan was ran over by a bus. Though he had escaped with his life, the accident has left Mariyappan with the permanent disability.
He was initially interested in playing volleyball at school, but his physical education teacher inspired him to take high jumping.