Indian hockey player Sreejesh PR’s life could inspire movie: talks take place, he says | Hockey

After the bronze medal at Tokyo 2020, hockey player Sreejesh PR received calls from Bollywood and the Malayalam film industry to have his life story portrayed on screen. “I have received calls and some talks are underway. I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. I told them that there was nothing in my life to say to others. The only thing I have done is play hockey. But they say, “It’s all there: your love story, your struggle, your hard work, your injuries and your success,” laureate Padma Shri tells us.

President Ramnath Kovind presents the 2021 Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award to Sreejesh PR in recognition of his outstanding achievements in hockey, Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Like a real team player, the Padma player Shri awards his Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna 2021 award to the members of his team. “It was a wonderful experience. I did nothing individually for this team. We have collectively won medals for the country. They are also part of this award, ”says Sreejesh.

The goalkeeper of the Indian men’s hockey team, also known as the Great Wall of India, already has a multitude of tattoos, but soon wants to score victory at the Olympics with a tattoo. “I have tattoos on my body. I wanted to make a memorable memory with an Olympic ring. But when you plan, you need to have at least five to six hours. And that I try to find the time for, ”he shares.

After the victory, every moment was “a cherished moment,” says Sreejesh, who has met with actors Mammootty, Amitabh Bachchan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi; And the list continues. “Superstar Mammootty came to my house and congratulated me. So definitely KBC … Amitabh Bachchan is such a nice and sweet person. He never treats you like you are a little person, he treats you like you are better than him. And being the guest of PM Modi and chatting with him was so wonderful. All of those things are such a part of the game. You just need to work really hard to achieve something.

The 33-year-old remains motivated, despite his share of ups and downs, with motivational books. “This is what I started to read more seriously. There is always a fall. You can’t do the same thing every 365 days. If there is a bad day, I try to forget and move on. And if you are successful, you take it for the day and move on to do better. Because if you celebrate your success a lot, you feel extreme joy and extreme sadness, ”he says.

Sreejesh feels “good to be back on the pitch” after the congratulatory duties and looks forward to events such as the Asian men’s champions in Bangladesh and the 2023 World Cup. “It’s pretty hard for everyone to return to the past form. You can’t expect us to host the first tournament (after the Olympics) the same way we played at the Olympics because it took almost two years of preparation. We are focusing on individual skills and understanding between team members, and we are looking at the basics now to improve our team for Paris 2024, ”he shares.

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Catherine J. Martinez