Aamir Khan to play astronaut Rakesh Sharma in biopic

The biopic will be produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Aamir Khan.

Aamir Khan to play astronaut Rakesh Sharma in biopic

After riding high on the success of his latest released "Dangal", Aamir Khan is all set to star in another biopic based on the Indian astronaut, Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to fly into space.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, astronaut Rakesh Sharma in biopic "Salute" will be played by Aamir Khan and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Aamir Khan.

"Siddharth had approached Aamir with the script of his last film and this time too he went straight to him. The 2018 film will be made under his newly-launched banner RK Films (Roy Kapur Films). It will be directed by Mahesh Mathai," Mumbai Mirror quoted a source as saying.


Mumbai Mirror also quoted the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rakesh Sharma's conversation from the space. The former PM had asked Sharma how India looked from outer space, and his answer was, "Saare jahan se achcha."

Mahesh Mathai who, according to the report, is likely to direct the film is a well-known ad filmmaker who has directed films like Bhopal Express and Broken Threads.

Aamir Khan was last featured in the biopic "Dangal", which revolves around the story of a Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat.

Khan played Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trains his daughters against all odds to become wrestlers. Geeta, played by Fatima Sana Shaikh fulfilled her father's dream by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games while Babita (Sanya Malhotra) won silver.