The story of a lover of Raptors is presented in a new film

Fans can view a documentary before a national broadcast date

Article content

If you follow the Toronto Raptors, you know they have a real super fan – and no, it’s not Drake.

Advertisement

Article content

The biggest accelerator for the NBA squad is Nav Bhatia.

Bhatia has played every Raptors home game since the team’s first jump ball back in 1995.

Now, fans of that super fan get a chance to learn the story of this famous ring supporter thanks to the new documentary Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story.

The film will be released on December 3 at 9 pm at CBC and CBC Gem, but before that it will have special theatrical screenings in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Ottawa.

Co-sponsored by the Ni The Western Basketball Festival, the Vancouver screening is set for November 20 at 8 p.m. Attendees can also walk the red carpet in front of the film. A live Q&A with Bhatia and the film’s producer will follow the screening. The film will be in Victoria the next day for screening at 3pm (red carpet before and Q&A after) at the Royal Theater.

Advertisement

Article content

Sorry, this video failed to load.

While Bhatia is known for his unwavering support for the TO champion footballers, his personal story is the story of a subordinate who sees him leave India when anti-Sikh riots erupted across the country in the mid-1980s.

Once in Toronto, he was told he would have to remove his turban and shave his beard if he wanted to fit in and get a job. Not wanting to ignore his belief, he persisted and managed to find a job selling cars. Today, he owns four car dealerships of his own. He was the grand marshal for the return parade of the Raptors ’Championship in 2019, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, and he is the only fan to have received his own championship ring.

“Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would have been contacted for a documentary about my life. It’s humiliating. I pinch myself,” Bhatia said in an email. “I hope that after sharing my journey, those viewers will appreciate my access to life and it will hopefully inspire them to think about the community, to think of others around them. If we treat everyone the way we want to be treated we will have a beautiful world. Basketball has given me that opportunity to make new friends and new connections. I am blessed to have the life I have received. ”

Advertisement

Article content

The hour-long film also looks at the foundation of Bhatia and the work it is doing together with the Raptors to create positive environments for youth and South Asian communities.

The documentary includes interviews with the superhero’s family and friends, as well as celebrities including comedian Russell Peters, NBA superstars Vince Carter and Isiah Thomas, and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

“Nav has an incredible Canadian success story. He is an inspiration to every Canadian. His journey as an immigrant to become the Superfan for an NBA team is a story truly telling,” said film producer Vinay Virmani in an email. “We hope people will see. , what moves Nav is not his new fame and popularity but a promise to his mother and an opportunity to unite people through the game he loves. “

dgee@postmedia.com

twitter.com/dana_gee

Advertisement

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a vibrant but civil forum for discussion and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We’ve enabled email notifications — you’ll now receive an email if you receive a response to your comment, an update to a comment thread you’re following, or a user following comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

Leave a Comment