VP Sathyan was a celebrated Indian footballer. He was the captain of the national football team from 1991 to 1995. But, he did not get his due and can be called the unsung hero of the game. The legend who was battling depression owing to his non-inclusion in the team committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on July 18, 2006. The 2018 Malayalam biographical film Captain by rajesh Sen is based on Sathyan's life. Jayasurya played Sathyan on screen. Jayasurya also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his roles in Captain and Njan Marykutty. Jayasurya had taken to his social media page to remember the real-life hero on his death anniversary.