One of the great sporting stories of our time…Nav Bhatia and the Toronto Raptors basketball team…
IF YOU DON’T know who Nav Bhatia is now – you certainly will after watching this.
‘Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story’ comes to the London Indian Film Festival (Liff) as the Closing Gala Film on July 3.
In this interview, Bhatia talks about his journey from India in 1984, emigrating to Canada, setting up home there and becoming a Toronto Raptors basketball fan from 1998.
The team was newly created and joined the NBA – one of the most famous sporting brands on the planet.
In 2019, the Raptors very remarkably won their first ever NBA title.
The guy with the turban – Bhatia himself – become something of a totem for the team and such was his dedication – he has never missed a single match – that he became the first ever person, other than a player, to receive a championship ring.
Bhatia is not just a superfan, he is a Diversity Champion and has helped to bring diverse communities together under the umbrella of basketball.
He continues to raise money for charities and wants to spread his message of love, peace and brotherhood everywhere – and build more basketball courts and as he tells us – washrooms for young girls in India. The country has a woeful lack of amenities and young underprivileged girls often have to go to the toilet in the open.
Bhatia is also a hugely successful car salesman and now owns five dealerships in Canada.
In this interview, he tells us also about a Hollywood film that is being made about him and a book deal he has just signed.
Way to go, Nav!!!
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Producer/interviewer: Sailesh Ram
Editing: Harry Clegg (http://www.harryclegg.com/filmography)