Many famous cricketers have made their way into Bollywood with supporting or starring parts in Bollywood films. Ten cricketers who have appeared in Bollywood films are listed below.
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The Bollywood film “Kabhi Ajnabi The” (1985) featured legendary Indian batsman Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev’s reputation as the leader of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup generated tremendous discussion, despite the film’s lack of economic success.
The Bollywood film “Maalamaal” (1988) had a cameo appearance by Sunil Gavaskar, one of India’s best opening batsmen. He portrayed himself in the film, lending an air of realism to the production.
Former Indian cricketer Salil Ankola also had a successful acting career in Bollywood films and television shows. Following his retirement from cricket, he became an actor, appearing in films such as “Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne” (2003) and “Kurukshetra” (2000).
Vinod Kambli, once renowned for his aggressive batting with Sachin Tendulkar, made his Bollywood debut in the film “Annarth” (2002). The movie bombed at the box office, but Kambli’s presence nevertheless garnered interest among cricket followers.
The Bollywood film “Khel” (2003) starred Ajay Jadeja, a famous Indian cricketer from the 1990s. He co-starred with Suniel Shetty and Sunny Deol in the film’s main cast.
Bollywood film “Aksar 2” (2017) featured S. Sreesanth, an Indian fast bowler famed for his ecstatic on-field celebrations. This film served as his introduction to the Bollywood scene.
As captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Harmanpreet Kaur has also just made her acting debut in the Punjabi film “Harjeeta” (2018). The film was based on the life of the youngest captain in Indian hockey team history, Harjeet Singh.
Even if he is not an actor by definition, Sachin Tendulkar should be recognized for his role in the biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” (2017). The film chronicled his rise from boyhood ambitions to legendary status as a cricket player.
Some of these cricketers may have been in other films or television episodes. As is common in the entertainment business, cricket’s popularity in India has led to a number of players also considering careers in acting.