Indian Cricketers Who Made Their Mark in Bollywood
The game of cricket and Bollywood had always competed for the media attention in India. Cricketers in India have always enjoyed the limelight that envied the silver screen stars. Therefore, it is no wonder that in many occasions both the worlds of cricket and B-town have tried to merge. The illustrious cricketers of Indian sub-continent have regularly appeared on the big screen to entertain the masses.
The cricketers who tried their luck in the film industry of bollywood include –
Kapil Dev is the only World Cup winning Indian captain who tried his hand in the world of movies and indeed was successful a bit in proving his credentials as an actor. He acted in some of the Hindi movies rather as a guest appearance or in small bit roles. The films that he acted include- ‘Iqbal’, ‘Stumped’, ‘Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’
The cricket legend entered the Bollywood film industry as an actor. Sunil Gavaskar is considered to be the most successful opening batsman in the history of cricket test matches. Sunil Gavaskar played the leading role in the Marathi Film – “Savli Premachi”. He had done a guest appearance for the Hindi Film – “Maalamal” that included Naseeruddin Shah- a famous actor. Nevertheless, His stint in Bollywood was short lived, even though he had also transformed into a singer by singing a Marathi song that received much appreciation.
Sandeep Patil is also one of the first class cricketers to enter the Bollywood film Industry withthe film – “Kabhi Ajnabi the” with Poonam Dhillon the leading actress of that time in 1985. However, the film was flop at the box office. This film has also other cricketers like Syed Kirmani and Clive Llyod.
Ajay Jadega is better known for his controversies rather than films due to his involvement in cricket match fixing and other cinematic rumors. He played one of the leading roles in the film – “Khel” that starred Sunny Deol, Celina Jaitley, and Sunil Shetty. However, the film bombed at the box office and ended his career in films. Ajay Jadega can be said to the most controversial cricketer turned film actor among all the Indian cricketers who dabbled in films.
Another Indian cricketer who tried his hands in the film industry was Vinod Kambli. A left handed batsman who played for the Indian cricket team from 1992 to 2001 entered into films like “Anarth” in 2002 and “Bade Dilwala”. Both these films flopped at the box office making an abrupt end of his film career even though he continues to appear in reality shows and other entertainment events.
Indian cricketers were not as successful in the Bollywood film industry as in the cricket field and failed to leave their mark on the Indian big screen. Though, some of the cricketers were successful in other arenas of entertainment industry, like advertising and TV shows etc.