From 22 Yards To 70mm, Cricketers Who Forayed In Bollywood

And once again we bring you a Bollywood and Cricket mashup. Its World cup fever and we so don’t wish to let it wane. India has entered the quarter finals and that calls for a celebration. What’s more to it? A former cricketer has turned an actor. He will not only be acting but singing and dancing as well in his debut venture. Cricketer Shreesanth is back to appease his fans. We have seen the trailer of his break-dancing in many series …television series. And his is all set to show us the entire picture. Although Who Kaun Thi doesn’t sound like a commercial cinema yet we believe with Shreesanth starring in, it shall sell! However, Shreesanth isn’t the only one who has been transported from one world of glamour into another. There have been many such cricketers turned actors and here is the list…

Cricketer turned actors

Salil Ankola has always been the first name to strike us when this topic has been discussed for this actor-cricketer not only proved his prowess as an exceptional cricketer but he was equally magnificent actor. Remember all those daily soaps he starred in, didn’t we like watching them? And he made a good supporting in films like ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Pitaah’ and ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne’, although his 70mm career didn’t last as long as did his small screen one.

Cricketer turned actors

Legends like Sunil Gavaskar making a special appearance in cinema is a trivial matter. But Gavaskar starred as a lead in a Marathi film, Savli Premachi, although it didn’t receive much appreciation.

Cricketer turned actors

Another cricketer whose downfall in cricket made him plod the filmy terrain is Vinod Kambli. One of Sachin Tendulkar’s close associate, Kambli debuted in Bollywood with Annarth in the year 2002 alongside Sanjay Dutt and Suneil Shetty. This film proved true to its name and Kambli was never to be seen in any of the films till date.

Cricketer turned actors

Much like Shreesanth even Jadeja was caught in match-fixing scandal which changed his life forever. The man selling refrigerator on TV was out of the glamour world in an instant. He went through hardships but his good looks kept the glamour quotient alive and so the indsutrywallas tried him in movie called Khel which starred Suneil Shetty, Celina Jaitley and Sunny Deol. Although this film bombed at the BO yet Jadeja has stayed brisk enough and is seen in the eminent members of panels discussing cricket in news hours.

Cricketer turned actors

Sandeep Patil, yet another cricketer who played for our country when saw that he is all out as far as his cricketing career went. He starred in film Kabhi Ajnabi the opposite Poonam Dhillon, the film also had Syed Kirmani and Clive Llyod making a special appearance.

Cricketer turned actors

One of the first Indian cricketers to win a honorary Arjuna Award, Salim Durani, fater having done with a sparkling career in cricket, turned to acting. He starred in Parveen Babi’s debut film, Charitra.

Cricketer turned actors

Mohsin Khan may have been a Pakistani actor but he was intimately connected to Bollywood. He not only acted in 12 hindi films but also married yesteryears actress Reena Roy. He later divorced her and shifted back to Karachi.

Cricketer turned actors

Amongst all, Kapil Dev has made a special appearance in many films, including a National Award winning film, Iqbal.

Which of these has been your favourite cricketer? Let us know in the comments below.

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