Before Harbhajan Singh, these 8 cricketers have also appeared in films, will ‘Turbator’ break the system of success
Ajay Jadeja, who played in the Indian cricket team in the 90s, earned a lot of name. In 2000, his career collapsed after being named in the match-fixing scandal. After this, he made an acting debut in the film ‘Khel’ in the year 2003. Apart from him in this film, Sunny Deol, Sunil Setty and Celina Jaitley were also there. The film did not run at the box office. Apart from this, he worked with the film ‘Pal Pal Dil’ in the year 2009. However, Ajay Jadeja’s Bollywood career also came to an end.
Salil Ankola, who made his debut with Sachin Tendulkar, did not have a long career. After this, he entered the acting world and worked in films like ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Dadah’ and ‘Chura Chola Hai Tum’. Apart from this, he was also seen in the television serial ‘Karam Apna Apna’ and the TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. However, Salil Ankola returned to the game again.
Vinod Kambli played a lot of cricket in the 90s with his good friend Sachin Tendulkar. However, his career soon came to an end after a brilliant start. He then focused on acting. He worked with Sunil Shetty and Sanjay Dutt in the 2002 film Anarth. The film failed to materialize and Vinod Kambli did not appear in any other film.
S Sreesanth tried his luck in the film industry after BCCI banned him from playing lifetime cricket. He acted in the Hindi film ‘Kabir 2’ but did not get any praise. The film went well. Subsequently, S Sreesanth was seen in ‘Bigg Boss’, where he was the runner up.
In 1985, Sandeep Patil, the chief selector of the Indian cricket team and former Indian batsman, acted together with his fellow player Syed Kirmani in the film ‘Kabhi Ajnabee’. The film became very popular at the time as Sandeep Patil and Syed Kirmani were part of the World Cup winning team in 1985. However, the film did not meet expectations and proved to be a flop at the box office.
Captain Kapil Dev, who won India’s first Cricket World Cup, has also tried his luck in Bollywood. She worked in ‘Haryana Hurricane’, ‘Stumped’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Iqbal’ and ‘Chen Kuli Ki Main Kuli’. Kapil Dev’s films could not do much at the box office.
Syed Kirmani made his acting debut in the film ‘Kabhi Ajnabar’ in 1985, with the Indian cricket team’s chief selector and former Indian batsman Sandeep Patil. In this film, he played the role of Villan. The film may have been beaten at the box office but the work of Syed Kirmani was praised.
Sunil Gavaskar, one of the most successful batsmen in India who is famous for setting foot on the pitch in the cricket field, also tried to gain a foothold in the film industry but could not succeed. He acted in Marathi film ‘Savali Premachi’ in the year 1980 and after this came a cameo role in the film ‘Malamal’ in the year 1988. However, Sunil Gavaskar was not seen on the silver screen after this.