Indian cricketers who featured on big screens
First Published 29, Sep 2020, 9:26 PM
Often fans have seen their favorite cricket stars taking on movies in the later stages. Here are many Indian Cricketers who have featured themselves in some movies or shows.
History is a witness to the fact that cricket and Bollywood have a really thin line of difference. Both have remained in close liaison for a long time and fans have seen their favorite players acting in movies. It is nothing strange to see players acting up in movies, as they are equally good-looking, have skills, and have enough stardom to attract, incase they take up roles in movies.
Let’s see some of the Indian Cricketers who have worked in movies:
It is surprising to read that! Isn’t it? Well, Yuvraj did not appear as a proper character but lent a voiceover for a character in Jumbo, an animated movie in 2008. Also, at the tender age of eleven, when he was not even famous as a cricketer, he played a cameo in a Punjabi movie.
The legendary Indian player has even tried his hands in movies. In 1980, he played a role in a Marathi movie named “Savli Premachi”. He has even sung some songs for the Marathi movies, wherein in a song, he compared the cricketing life to that of a reality, which was admired by the audience.
A perfect Indian all-rounder, who nearly set new fielding standards and decent with his batting, was dropped because of the match-fixing malpractices that he indulged in. Lacking the confidence to make a comeback with a dented image, he acted in the movie “Khel-No Ordinary Game” in 2003. The movie was a major flop after which he returned to cricket as a commentator.
Master Blaster’s childhood friend Vinod Kambli did have a cricket career. His indiscipline and callousness made him try other arenas. He entered the Bollywood with the movie called “Aanarth”, which was a good hit.
The ex-Indian captain and one of India’s best cricket players too did some small roles in movies. The 1983 World Cup trophy lifter played roles in movies such as “Iqbal”, “Mujse Shaadi Karoge” and “Stumped”.
One of the finest wicket-keepers India ever had, Kirmani did not just keep himself to cricket. He took to Bollywood in 1985 and acted in a film called “Kabhi Ajnabi The”.
Former Indian batsmen, who were known for his dashing looks, was meant to try his luck with Bollywood. Starred with his teammate Syed Kirmani in the movie ‘Kabhi Ajnabi The’, people had high hopes from the two heroic players of the 1983 World Cup. Unfortunately, the movie did not see any good collection.
Yuvraj Singh’s father is more famous as an actor than as a cricketer. Having played only a Test and a mere six ODI’s, the association with the Indian team has been very little. He has had a successful career in the acting business, where he has done nearly thirty Punjabi movies and did an exceptional role as the coach in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.”
The former Indian batsmen who could amaze the crowd with his powerful sixes also amazed more with his acting traits. Being the first player to be felicitated with the prestigious Arjuna Award, he still took to movies. He was first seen in ‘Charitra’ in 1973.
A decent player and a fantastic fast bowler, he brought troubles for himself after being engaged in a spot-fixing fiasco that ended his career. The change of line took him to acting, where he starred in the Bollywood movie Aksar 2, as well as the Malayalam movie Team 5. Later, he was seen in Big Boss as well.
Hardly does any cricket fan know that even Dhoni did a Cameo in the 2010 film Hook Ya Crook. Unfortunately, due to the clashes between the producers and the director, the movie did not release, despite the fact that 90 percent of the shooting was over.
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The very climax of the movie ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karoge’ roped in various players to make the movie authentic and vivid. Cricketers like Mohammad Kaif, Ashish Nehra, Parthiv Patel, Irrfan Pathan, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Harbhajan Singh, Jawagal Srinath, and Kapil Dev were starred in the end, and the movie turned out to be a crowd puller.