The relationship between cricket and Bollywood is very old and deep. Since both are associated with the world of glamour, Bollywood and cricket stars have often been seen together. They have also been seen together in many commercials. Many times a relationship is also formed between them due to reduction and meeting. Its result has been seen from affair to marriage. Mansoor Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore, Mohd. The love story and then marriage of stars like Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani, Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta are known to all. Because of these relationships, sometimes cricketers also get the chance to work in movies. The names of Sunil Gavaskar, Ajay Jadeja, Kapil Dev, Vinod Kambli and Syed Kirmani stand out among the cricketers who work in movies. A new one will now be added to this list.
Yes, we are talking about the starter of the Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan, who is called ‘Gabbar’ by his fans. Known for his impeccable style of play, ‘Gabbar’ will now appear on the big screen. He will very soon make his debut in Bollywood with a big budget movie. It is said that the shooting of this film has been completed. It has been sent for post-production, but the name of the film has not yet been revealed. According to the information, when Shikhar Dhawan was approached to play a character in this film, he expressed his happiness to work on it. The filmmakers felt that Shikhar Dhawan would be the perfect choice for this character. That’s why he was talked about. Shikhar does not have a cameo in the film, but his character is important. The film is scheduled to be released this year.
Let’s meet the cricketers who have tried their luck in Bollywood…
1. Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar
Movies – Savali Premachi, Malamaal Aur 83
Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has tried to rock the big screen as well as work wonders on the pitch, but he couldn’t do much. He made his acting debut with a Marathi movie ‘Sawali Premachi’. Gavaskar has the lead role in this film. Marathi actors like Dr. Shriram Lagoo, Agha, Arun Saranac and Madhumaliti Kapoor have major roles with him in the film. This 2 hour and 30 minute romantic drama film was released on January 1, 1980, but failed to be successful at the box office. After this, Gavaskar appeared in a cameo role in the Hindi movie ‘Malamal’ released in the year 1988. In this, he appeared in his own character. Naseeruddin Shah and Poonam Dhillon have leading roles in this film. Apart from this, he has also sung a Marathi song “Ya Duniyamadhe Thambayala Vel Konala”, which was written by the famous Marathi lyricist Shantaram Nandgaonkar. Apart from this, Gavaskar has also made a cameo appearance in the Ranveer Singh starring film ’83’ based on the 1983 Cricket World Cup released this year.
2. Cricketer Kapil Dev
Movies: Iqbal, 83, Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and Stumped
Kapil Dev, the former captain of the India team, the hero of the Cricket World Cup victory held in the year 1983, needs no introduction. The country boy knows his name. Everyone knows that he won the Cricket World Cup on his shoulders alone. This is why the entire country respects this great off-roader to this day. After bidding farewell to cricket, Kapil Dev tried his hand at movies and commercials. He has made cameo appearances in many movies. Kapil first made his acting debut with the movie ‘Dillagi… Ye Dillagi’ directed by P. Akash. It stars Dharmendra, Rati Agnihotri, and Asrani in the lead roles. After this, he also appeared in the film ‘Iqbal’ directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, ‘Chain Khuli Ki Main Khuli’ directed by Karanjit Saluja and David Dhawan’s film ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’. This year, Ranveer Singh played his character in the Kapil Dev biopic ’83’ directed by Kabir Khan. Kapil has also appeared in a cameo in this.
3. Cricketer Ajay Jadeja
Cinema – Khel and Pal Pal Dil Se
Ajay Jadeja, the former all-rounder for Team India in the 90s. People were crazy about his game. But later his cricket career came to an end after his name appeared in match-fixing. Following this, he made his acting debut in the year 2003 with the Bollywood movie ‘Khel’. Directed by Yusuf Khan, the film stars Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, and Celina Jaitley in the lead roles. In this, Ajay Jadeja played the role of Rohan Potdar, with whom he falls in love with Celina Jaitley’s character Saanjh Batra. This movie did very poorly at the box office. After this, in the year 2009, Ajay appeared in the lead role in the movie ‘Pal-Pal Dil Ke Saath’. In this one, he is joined by cricketer Vinod Kambli, actress Mahi Gill, actors Satish Shah and Vivek Mishra in important roles. This movie was also hit. The film made in 30 million rupees could only earn 10 million rupees. After the failure in movies, Ajay also turned to television but was unsuccessful. After this he returned to the world of cricket as a commentator.
4. Cricketer Yograj Singh
Movies: Partition, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, etc.
Yograj Singh, known as the father of Yuvraj Singh, the all-rounder of the Indian cricket team, is famous as an actor in Punjab. Yograj, who played for the Indian team from the year 1980 to 1986, was not that successful in the world of cricket but became famous as soon as he appeared in the movies. Apart from working in many Hindi movies, he is mainly involved in Punjabi cinema. He got a new identity from Farhan Akhtar’s award-winning film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, in which he appeared in the role of Milkha Singh’s trainer. He was also seen in a major role in Ayushmann Khurrana’s film ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ released last year. Yograj Singh made his acting debut in 1983 with the Punjabi film Bantwara. After this, he has acted in more than 50 Punjabi movies. He has also been seen in Cine Sur.
5. Cricketer Vinod Kambli
Cinema – Anarth, Pal Pal Dil Se
Vinod Kambli is more recognized as a childhood friend of the great cricketer Sachin Tendulkar than as a cricketer. He started his cricket career with Sachin Tendulkar, but the team failed to make a permanent place due to poor play. Yes, there have been discussions about his style. This is the reason why he was seen in the ads. After this he also tried his luck in the movies. Kambli made her acting debut in the 2002 film Anarth. Apart from him, actors like Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, and Ashutosh Rana have major roles in this. After this, he appeared in the movie ‘Miss India’ released in the year 2004, ‘Pal-Pal Dil Ke Saath’ released in the year 2009 and ‘Marathi Celebrity Acapella’ released in the year 2018. But Kambli was also unable to succeed in cinema.
In addition to these cricketers, Syed Kirmani who was a member of the World Cup team in 1983 released the movie ‘Ajnabee’ in the year 1985, Sandeep Patil’s movie ‘Ajnabee’, Harbhajan Singh who was the spinner from Team India, ‘Bhajji’ in the Akshar Kumar co-production, seen in these issues. Along with this, Salil Ankola, who has played international cricket, is known for his successful career in television and movies. Ankola, who started his cricket career in 1987, fully turned his attention to acting after retiring in 1997. He has worked in around a dozen movies including ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Pita’, ‘Ravyat’ and two dozen series including ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Noor Jahan’ and ‘Savdhaan India’.