Diego Maradona fan Asif Kapadia to helm documentary on Argentine great

Jan 30, 2016, 07:23 IST | IANS

London: After hitting a jackpot and earning an Oscar nomination with his documentary 'Amy', British filmmaker of Indian origin Asif Kapadia will now helm a feature documentary about the soccer player Diego Maradona.

Diego Maradona and Asif Kapadia
Diego Maradona and Asif Kapadia

Kapadia, a fan of the soccer star, is eager to bring Maradona's life alive on the silver screen. The film is titled "Maradona", reports variety.com.

Kapadia will have access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona's personal archive. He said: "I've long been a fan of Diego Maradona. I was taken by his character, his genius, honesty, passion, humour and vulnerability. I was fascinated by his journey."

Kapadia added, "He was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. He was always the little guy fighting against the system, against the wealthy, the powerful and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win."

Kapadia said he wanted to make the film on Maradona even before he directed 'Senna'. "I'm very excited to have this opportunity," he said.

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