Diego Maradona is a huge fan of Senna

Published: Oct 11, 2019, 17:10 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

That Maradona's story is still running created an editorial conundrum for the filmmakers that did not exist with their first two feature documentaries.

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona

The most anticipated documentary of the year, Diego Maradona has released in India on October 11, 2019. Diego Maradona is one of the most controversial players and believed as a god on and off the field. Further symbiosis emerged during the course of making the film, says Kapadia, when he learned that Maradona was a huge fan of Senna, both the man and, consequently, of Kapadia's 2010 movie.

"He said that he wanted to call his second child Ayrton, if it were a boy," Kapadia says. "There are photos of him going to Senna's grave and putting flowers on it. He was a big fan. And as we were researching this I realised that their two stories were running parallel."

"Senna was winning world championships and Diego was winning the title in Italy. And F1 is big in Italy. Whenever we did the research on the sports pages, Ayrton and Diego shared those same pages. They went after the same girls. They never met. I asked him. They just missed each other." Asif says

"But in a way it helped us because that's in the film and that's him. That's the guy; that's Maradona. It gave us the idea on how to close the film, which is to acknowledge that he will always be like that."

That Maradona's story is still running created an editorial conundrum for the filmmakers that did not exist with their first two feature documentaries. With Diego Maradona, what was the end point? "You think you have it and then he does something else crazy," says Kapadia, "So one of the big challenges was: how do we end this film? Where does it go up to? He goes on forever."

Watch Diego Maradona on October 11 in cinemas near you.

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