Talks happen: the life of Indian hockey player Sreejesh PR can inspire a movie | Hockey

Following the bronze finish at Tokyo 2020, hockey player Sreejesh PR has received calls from Bollywood and the Malayalam film industry to have his life story screened. “I got calls and there are a few conversations. I do not know if it will happen or not. I told her that there is nothing in my life to tell other people. The only thing I have done is play hockey. But they say, ‘Everything is there: your love story, struggle, hard work, injury and success,’ “says the Padma Shri Prize winner.

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

Like a true team player, the Padma Shri player credits his Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021 to his team members. “It was a wonderful experience. I did not individually do anything for this team. We won collective medals for the country. They are equally part of this award,” says Sreejesh.

The keeper of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, also known as the Great Wall of India, already has many tattoos, but wants to mark the Olympic victory soon with a tattoo. “I do have tattoos on my body. I wanted to do a memorable one with an Olympic ring. But if you are planning, you should have at least five to six hours. And I try to find the time for that,” he shares. .

After the victory, every moment was a “cherished one,” says Sreejesh, who meets actors Mammootty, Amitabh Bachchan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi; and the list goes on. “Superstar Mammootty came to my house and congratulated me. Then KBC is definitely … Amitabh Bachchan so friendly and a loving person. He never treats you like a little person, he treats you like you’re better than him. And around the guest being Prime Minister Modi and talking to him was so wonderful. All of these things are part of the game. You just have to work hard to achieve something. “

The 33-year-old keeps himself motivated, despite his share of ups and downs, with motivational books. “That’s what I took reading more seriously. There’s always downfall. You can not do the same thing every 365 days. If there’s a bad day, I try to forget and move on. And if you succeed, you enjoy it for the “and you continue to do better. Because when you celebrate your success a lot, you feel extreme joy and extreme sadness,” he says.

Sreejesh feels “good to be back on the field” after the congratulations functions and is looking forward to events such as Asian men’s champions in Bangladesh and 2023 World Cup. “It’s very difficult for everyone to jump into the former form. You can not expect us to run the first tournament (after the Olympics) the way we played at the Olympics, because “that cost a preparation of almost two years. We focus on individual skills and understanding between team members, and we are now looking at the basics to improve our team for Paris 2024,” he shares.

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