She was touted as a famous stone pelter. Later on, she became the face of Kashmiri women football team. Gulshan Grover’s US-based son Sanjay had purchased the film rights to the life of Kashmiri student and footballer Afshan Ashiq, who was given the controversial tag of a stone pelter when a picture of her hurling a stone at security forces during protests in Srinagar went viral, reports Mumbai Mirror.
Mirror further says that the 22-year-old, who is admired in the Valley for her passion for the sport, had met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last year as she put together a team of women footballers and started training them. The biopic, titled Hope Solo, will be directed by Manish Harishankar, who has previously assisted Rajkumar Santoshi on Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani, Halla Bol and Phata Poster Nikla Hero, and is written by Saiwyn Quadras (of Mary Kom, Neerja and Parmanu fame).
And guess what? Athiya Shetty has been roped in to play Afshan in the biopic which will roll out this year and will be entirely shot in Kashmir.