800 is based on Muthiah Muralidaran’s life, the champion who set the record for taking 800 wickets in Test Cricket. The story captures the many facets of Muralidaran’s life; the tale of an oppressed Tamil and someone who was once called for chucking who championed Sri Lankan Cricket, and went on to become one of the greatest cricketers ever.
It reveals how Murali finds solace in cricket, stands up to bullies, and transforms from an excitable pace bowler into the highest wicket-taker in cricket’s history. It also dives deep into the issue of nationality versus humanity. Murali, being an ethnic Tamil, has to prove his commitment to the Sri Lankan team and fans. The film also gives insight into the tumultuous period surrounding his ‘controversial’ bowling and how it briefly derailed his cricket career.