Vijay Deverakonda’s film LIGER has been in the headlines since the announcement. In the sports action drama, Vijay is joined by amazing actors like Ananya Pandey, Ramya Krishnan, Ronit Roy, Makarand Deshpande. But the interesting thing is that the king of the ring in LIGER, former veteran boxer Mike Tyson is also going to appear in a major role. This will be the first time in Indian cinema that Tyson will be seen sharing the screen in a movie. Producers for Lizard include Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
LIGER is the story of a boxer. It will be a special experience for the audience to see Mike Tyson on screen with Vijay. However, Tyson is in a cameo and will only be seen on screen for a while. According to some reports, Tyson will be seen shortly before the climax and the story will move towards a turning point from here. Vijay is currently in Goa for LIGER. Mike Tyson will also be filming in Goa with the team soon.
Mike Tyson is not the first person to act. Before him, veterans from different sports fields have been seen performing on screen. English cricketer Andrew Flintoff, cricketer Brett Lee, footballer Beckham, Eric Cantona, boxer Carona, and around half a dozen foreign players have been featured in movies and television shows. Why only foreign players, Indian players have also been seen decorating the acting tent after the playground. However, the performance did not work out and he took other paths. Let us know about some of these selected veteran Indian players who performed.
# 1. Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh is a legendary boxer and Olympian from the country. He won medals for the country in many international competitions. The boxer hailing from Haryana has also become famous for the look. There was an attempt to capitalize on Vijender’s popularity through film. He was cast for Fugly in 2014. Due to Vijender, the film generated excitement but failed to fuel any drinks. Vijender did not appear in any other film after Fugly. Vijender is currently in politics.
# 2. Dara Singh
Almost everyone knows the story of Dara Singh. Dara Singh, one of the most famous wrestlers in the world, is the only sportsman in the country who has reached the top position in the field of acting and sports. Dara Singh played leading roles in many films. He worked as a character actor for a long time. Also on television, he is remembered for the role of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana and other shows.
# 3. Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja was the legendary all-rounder of Team India in his day. His popularity with women was obvious. Aside from the cricket pitch, Jadeja also tried her luck on the big screen, but was unable to achieve the same success. In 2003, Jadeja appeared in the game. His opposite was Celina Jaitley. The film failed badly and Jadeja’s acting career fell before it could sustain itself.
Ajay Jadeja with Celina Jaitley.
# 4. Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli, one of the best hitters in the world and a child friend of Sachin Tendulkar, also tried his hand at acting after cricket. In 2002, Kambli made her acting debut with Anarth. The movie was unsuccessful. Vinod Kambli was last seen acting in a Kannada movie in 2015.
# 5. Leander Paes
Who wouldn’t recognize Leander Paes in the country? At one point it was like another name for tennis in the country. He also tried unsuccessfully to become an actor through Rajdhani Express. However, he later returned to tennis. Viewers will soon be able to catch Paes and Bhupathi on the Breaking Point web series. The doku drama series is made about the relationship between the two players. However, instead of both actors, they will be seen speaking their words as players.
# 6. Praveen Kumar Sobti
People remember Praveen Kumar for his memorable role as Bhima in the Mahabharata. Praveen Kumar, who played character roles in many films, came into the world of acting from the field of play. As an athlete (discus and hammer throw), he won medals for the country in many international competitions and also represented in the Olympic Games. Praveen Kumar’s acting career will be called successful. In addition to acting, he also tried his hand at politics as Vijender, he contested elections but could not achieve success.
Praveen Kumar Sobti.
Well, it would be nice to see Mike Tyson in the movies. What will be his presence in the film of Vijay Deverakonda, will be a matter to see. Lizard is being made in many more languages along with Hindi.