Kolkata, Sep 9 (ANI): A docudrama titled 'Indian Women's Cricket team Poor Cousins of Million Dollar Babies' highlights the disparity between men and women cricket players in India.
As the title suggests, the docudrama shows how while men cricketers hog all the limelight and bask in the glory of success and money, women cricketers are way behind their male counterparts though they have been able to carve a name for themselves in the international sport arena.
The 25-minute audio-visual commentary narrates a story of the triumph of women's cricket despite the disparities and differential treatment.
Former Indian Skipper Anjum Chopra said the docudrama has been able to mirror the women cricketers' struggle, hard work and determination to reach the milestone they have achieved despite receiving far less attention of sports authority, sponsorship and media coverage as compared with their male counterparts.
"I really liked it. I think it's very nice. It covers a lot of angels into the lives of women cricketers on and off the field. It's a true depiction of the lives and struggles of Indian women cricketers go through," Anjum Chopra added.
The The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI ) spends millions of rupees on men's cricket and its stalwart players but women's team, which has consistently done well in the context of world tournaments, has not received the same attention and promotion.
Sunil Yash Kalra, who has directed the documentary, said it's time to tell the story of players engaged in the most popular and fast growing game in India despite their gender.
"It's a sport which is a nerve centre of India, the subcontinent. And, it's also included in the Asian Games next year. So, basically if you were to look at it... A, it's the fastest growing game. B, there is a story that needs to be told about each individual member, that's what the idea is to showcase the best to the rest of the world," Kalra added.
The film also reveals interesting facts about women's cricket in India. For example, women's cricket in India can be traced back to early 20th century when an Australian school teacher Anne Kelleve made cricket a compulsory game at the Baker Memorial School in Kottayam, Kerala, in 1913.
The Women's World Cup was initiated in 1973, two years before the men's World Cup. And, Indian eves played T20 international cricket in 2006 while Indian men played their first match in 2007. (ANI)