T-Series to produce a Biopic on Udaipur’s Open Water Swimmer, Bhakti Sharma

The renowned production company, T-Series, is said to produce a biopic on Mumbai-born-Udaipur-raised open water swimmer, Bhakti Sharma. The biopic is written by Bhavani Iyer who has written the screenplay for films like Lootera, Black, Raazi, and the upcoming new season of Amazon Prime Video’s Breathe series.

This will be one of its kind of film set in and around the world of swimming. The film which is said to be planned for the year 2021, will be produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. The production house is believed to be in talks with an A-list director to helm it. Besides, it will soon start approaching actors to play the role of the record-breaking swimmer.

Bhakti set the world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 41.14 minutes at Antarctic Ocean at a temperature of 1 degree in 2016. She also holds a world record with her mother Leena Sharma for being the first mother-daughter pair to swim across the English Channel which is called as the Mount Everest of swimming.

From the scorching heat of Rajasthan to the bone-chilling waters of the record-breaking swim in Antarctica and her fearless crossing of the English Channel, Bhakti Sharma’s life has been full of courage and inspiration.

The biopic will be diving deep into Bhakti Sharma’s journey, focusing more on her relationship with her mother Leena who has also been her coach and started teaching her swimming right when she was two and a half years old.

The biopic is expected to cover all these aspects of her life and the social and cultural battles she and her mother fought in the way to achieve success in a sport like swimming.


Udaipur swimmer, Bhakti Sharma featured on TED Talks India Nayi Baat on Starplus

Udaipur’s mermaid, Bhakti Sharma, who is the youngest swimmer to swim in all the five oceans of the world, was featured on the TED Talk India Nayi Baat – a popular talk show series hosted by the King Khan of Bollywood – Shahrukh Khan. The show was aired on Starplus on 3rd November 2019.

You can watch the episode ‘Investing in Yourself’ streaming on Hotstar on the link below:

TED Talks India Nayi Baat is a talk-show series that turns the spotlight on the changemakers doing extraordinary work. These visionaries and everyday heroes spark new conversations, infuse movements with energy and inspire a billion imaginations to action.

Bhakti Sharma is one such inspiration for all the young kids who want to showcase their talent out there to the world. An open-water swimmer and the youngest in the world to set a record in open swimming in Antarctic waters, Bhakti started her swimming journey at the age of 2. Through this talk show, she talks about how to swim through adversities like a pro and shape your own destiny.

Bhakti has been awarded Tenzing Norgay National Award by President of India. The swimmer, who was coached by her mother Leena Sharma, broke all the previous records and became the 1st Asian and youngest in the world to swim the Antarctic Ocean. She swam almost 2.3 km in 41.14 minutes and for this achievement, she got praised by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Besides, there are a lot of other achievements by which Bhakti has made the country proud. Some of them include World record for the longest distance covered swimming in Antarctica, World’s youngest swimmer to have swum across the seven seas, Member of the first three-member relay team to have swum the English Channel etc.


लब्धि की ‘उपलब्धि’, उदयपुर की बेटी ‘बाल-दिवस’ पर राष्ट्रपति से सम्मानित हुई।

हम सभी कल जब ‘चिल्ड्रेन्स डे’ पर फेसबुक, इन्स्टाग्राम और ट्विटर पर स्टेटस, फ़ोटोज़ अपलोड कर रहे थे ठीक उसी समय उदयपुर की बेटी दिल्ली में राष्ट्रपति से सम्मानित हो रही थी। महज़ 7 साल की लब्धि स्केटिंग में अब तक 62 से ज्यादा मैडल जीत चुकी है, उनमे से 3 इंटरनेशनल मैडल भी शामिल है। बाल दिवस पर राष्ट्रपति श्री रामनाथ कोविंद ने लब्धि को असाधारण उपलब्धियों के लिए ‘राष्ट्रीय बाल पुरस्कार’ से सम्मानित किया। लब्धि को रजत पदक के साथ सर्टिफिकेट, बुक वाउचर और नकद-राशि दी गई। लब्धि का पूरा परिवार इस अवसर पर वहाँ मौजूद था।

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टेनिस खेलना था, स्केटिंग में नाम कर लिया : जब पौने तीन साल की थी तब टेनिस सिखाने के लिए अकादमी ले गए। पैरों की मजबूती के लिए कोच ने स्केटिंग और दौड़ना शुरू करवाया पर स्केटिंग में ज़बरदस्त परफॉरमेंस देख कर इसी में आगे बढ़ने का फैसला किया।

लब्धि बताती है कि उनका लक्ष्य 2024-ओलिंपिक और वर्ल्ड-चैंपियनशिप में परफॉर्म करना है और वह अभी से ही तैयारियों में जुट गई है। लब्धि ने 3 साल की उम्र से ही स्केटिंग सीखना शुरू कर दिया था। आज भी वो दिन में घंटो प्रेक्टिस करती है। लब्धि के घरवाले बताते है उनकी सफलता के पीछे कोच मंजीत सिंह का बहुत बड़ा योगदान रहा है।

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इससे पहले उदयपुर की दो बेटियाँ अपुर्वी चंदेला और भक्ति शर्मा भी राष्ट्रपति से सम्मानित हो चुकी है।

लब्धि, अपुर्वी और भक्ति शर्मा हमारे समाज के लिए प्रेरणा है कि कैसे अपने बच्चो को पढाई के साथ-साथ एक्स्ट्रा-करीकुलर एक्टिविटीज़ में भी आगे बढ़ाना चाहिए।

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In Conversation With Bhakti Sharma

Bhakti Sharma a name which creates a sparkle in almost every Udaipurite’s eye. The pride and honor we feel in telling people “Oh…Bhakti Sharma! Yeah I know her, we are from the same city” is blissful. In my case, the sentence I often use when someone asks me whether I have heard of Bhakti Sharma is ‘Yeah I know Bhakti Di! We are from the same school, infact she was my senior’. This is what SHE has provided us with, a reason to be happy, a reason to be proud.

Bhakti Sharma: 

Though this name requires no introduction, I would still like  to share Bhakti’s feats of glory :

  •  Crossed the English Channel (covered 36 km in 13 hours and 55 minutes) in 2006.
  • Acquired first position in the Rapperswil to Zurich Marathon event in 2006.
  • The Following year she crossed the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

29th August, 2012 marked another milestone in her life. This was the day when Udaipur’s ‘Mermaid’ was awarded with the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2011 presented to her by the President Of India.


In Conversation With Bhakti Sharma :

UB:  Being an internationally recognized swimmer, after so many achievements at hand; what do you plan next?

Bhakti: Next would be to excel professionally as well in the career that I have chosen . And swim in the Antarctica pretty soon.


UB: You had been a regular participant in various tournaments when you were in school but lately we haven’t heard your name in such events? No plans for Asiad or Olympics..?

Bhakti: Ya I used to participate in State and National level competitions. My last National was in when I was in 9th standard. After that I took up long distance swimming which got included in Olympics only in 2008. So I haven’t really got  a chance to prepare for them and also you need to participate in 6 events to qualify for long distance Olympics, which isn’t really feasible for me right now.


UB: What inspired you to take up adventure sports, somewhere being out of league in our society? How you found, analyzed, planned & implemented over the opportunities?

Bhakti: There wasn’t a moment where I got inspired to take up adventure sports. It has been a journey that was started only to try something new and different. As I finished my swims successfully, it kept inspiring me to go for the next one. And of course the encouragement from my family has been a major factor.  For every swim we had to do a lot of research online, there are swims for which I have waited for a year to get everything sorted. But my family never gave up, my mom used to sit online for hours looking for ways and organizations, and my dad was  always busy arranging resources for the swims. I have been merely swimming.


UB: Do you think taking up sports on a serious career basis in Rajasthan still a risk? And wherever not, which sport would you suggest being the safest (except Cricket) when it comes to financial security?

Bhakti:  People who take up sports seriously do for the love and passion for it. It is really not something that promises financial security, especially in Rajasthan. The ultimate destination is being a coach or getting a job easier because of your contribution towards sports.  No sports is safest just for being that sport, the level at which you are involved in the sport makes the difference.


UB : Apart from swimming, what are your interests; what do you like to do in your free time?

Bhakti: I like to read books and watch movies. I am a total movie buff. And yes sleeping, I don’t leav a single opportunity to hit the bed.


UB: Are you studying? If yes, details?

Bhakti: Yes, I am currently doing MBA in communications management specializing in Advertising.


UB: Where do you see yourself, in what profession; after 10-12 years?

Bhakti: I see myself successfully running my own agency and continuing swimming even if just leisure swimming.


UB: How does it feel; being awarded by the President, loads of success at an early age….? J Do you find any changes in your personal life after all this?

Bhakti: It feels just great to be awarded by the honorary President. The happiness is more because my sport and achievements have been recognized . Yes there is a change in my personal life, people have started to look upto me with expectations, my friends look for ne reasons to ask for  a party :p but above everything else, I have grown as a person , not because of the awards but because of my swims. My favorite memories are still form my swims more than the award ceremonies.


UB: A light one, where are your favorite hangouts when you are in Udaipur?

Bhakti:  I make sure to visit old city area in Udaipur everytime I am in the city. The roof top restaurants there are my favourites, German bakery,and yes the pani puri wala at durga nursery, Happinezz and Dabeli wala at Sukhadia. Rani road is my preference when it comes to going for a drive.


UB: If ‘Bhakti Sharma’ was not a swimmer, what would she be ?

Bhakti:  Hahaha!  I have been asking myself this question for a very long time now, and haven’t got an answer yet. I could have been anything if not a swimmer, there are a lot of other thing staht define me, maybe something out of those would have dominated then.


UB: Lastly, a message for the youth of Udaipur.

Bhakti: I see a tremendous change in the youth of Udaipur.  There is surely lot of talent in Udaipur, people just need to realize it and work towards their dreams. Also after being out of the city  now, I feel the pleasure and joy of coming from a small city and I want the youth of Udaipur to feel the same pride.