Sreesanth to make Bollywood debut with ‘Cabaret’

Former cricketer Sreesanth will make Bollywood debut with Pooja Bhatt’s ‘Cabaret’. In the movie, he will play the role of a Malayali mentor to Richa Chadda's character who is playing a dancer.

About casting Sreesanth, Pooja Bhatt said, "I met Sreesanth a day before his birthday earlier this month at his home. I knew that he would be able to play the role of a Malayali guy, who mentors a dancer. I cast him on my instinct. Initially we had thought of casting someone who is older but when I saw him I felt he is perfect for the role.

"The character is very close to his persona. I have asked him to retain his Malayali accent. Sreesanth is a natural performer, he is camera friendly and I have a gut feeling that the film will do him good," Pooja told PTI.

Sreesanth also took part in a dance-based reality TV show, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’.

Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL.  

"I have met him before but I must say that he is a different man today. He has gone through so much in his life. He has tasted the peak of success and then he went to hell and back. But there is still a lot of fire in him. I think he wants to prove to people, who have written him off," Pooja said.

Besides Sreesanth and Richa, 'Cabaret' also stars Gulshan Devaiah. Directed by debutante Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, the film is being co-produced by T-Series. ‘Cabaret’ will go on floor in January 2015.