The story has been floated as a myth or even said to be not true due to the lack of clarity around the subject, now the story of the Barefoot Warriors (India’s national football team) is coming to the big screen via a project initiated by Jatinder Minhas and is directed by Kavi Raz. The Barefoot Warriors tracks the story of how the team surpassed expectations in the 1948 Olympics and then pulled out of 1950 World Cup.
The factual accounts recorded state that India themselves withdrew from the World Cup finals before the tournament was to begin. The All India Football Federation gave various reasons for the team’s withdrawal, including travel costs, lack of practice time, and valuing the Olympics above the World Cup.
Despite the reason given out from the AIFF, many football historians and pundits have repeated the tale that India withdrew from the World Cup due to FIFA imposing a rule banning players from playing barefoot. However, according to the then captain of India, Sailen Manna, the story of the team not being allowed to play due to wanting to play barefoot was not true. Since then, India has not come close to qualifying for another World Cup. So now it is over to Pollywood to see how the story is depicted on the big screen.
Check out the info-video below from our friends at Ghaint Punjab about the new ‘Barefoot Warriors’