Six Indian Cricketers who tried acting – Every person in India has a secret desire to become either a cricketer or an actor.
One of the most successful Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh has been making headlines for playing the role of an engineering student in an upcoming Tamil movie.
His decision to take a plunge into acting comes despite a fair warning from his wife and actor Geeta Basra.
In an interview with Bombay Times, Singh said: “My wife, Geeta (Basra), told me not to get into films as it’s nothing like the sport that I play. She is right in the sense that acting is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if nothing else, tajurba toh mil hi jayega.”
This is the compilation of Six Indian cricketers who tried their hand at acting but ended up failing miserably:
1. Ajay Jadeja
Tainted by the allegations of match-fixing and a five-year ban for the same, Ajay Jadeja’s success as a cricketer was and will continue to remain overshadowed. However, the same cannot be said about his on-screen career which never took off.
From his debut film Khel (2003) with Sunil Shetty, Sunny Deol and Celina Jaitley in lead roles, to a rom-com in Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat in 2009, Jadeja got enough tajurba to know that acting wasn’t meant for him.
2. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, the little master who made the bowlers shiver in their boots throughout his legendary cricketing career, wasn’t as imposing when it came to working in front of the camera.
His role as the main character in a Marathi film Savli Premachi (1980) failed to attract an audience to the theatres the way his batting did during his days as one of the Men in Blue.
He also made a special appearance in Naseeruddin Shah starrer Maalamal (1988) but that was it for Gavaskar’s acting career.
3. Vinod Kambli
Despite all the talent in the world, Vinod Kambli failed to shine in international cricket for long. Some blame the cricketer himself for bringing down in what could have been a glorious career, others blame the Indian selection committee.
But when it comes to acting, Kambli alone needs to be blamed for his performance in the 2002 film Annarth and that god-awful song Whisky Pila De.
4. Salil Ankola
After playing one Test match and twenty-One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Indian cricket team, Salil Ankola acted in movies like Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002) and Chura Liya Hai Tumne (2003) but failed to make an impression.
He later moved towards small screen shows and to his credit, did some great work there.
5. Salim Durani
An all-rounder, Afghanistan-born Salim Durani represented India in 29 Tests and was known for his ability to smash powerful sixes over the boundary ropes.
Fans loved him dearly and even protested with signs and slogans when he was dropped from a Kanpur Test in 1973.
The same year, however, Durani made his acting debut alongside Parveen Babi who was also making her first on-screen appearance in Charitra.
6. Mohsin Khan
Before the likes of Ali Zafar and Fawad Khan came to India to try their luck in movies, another young man from Pakistan had tried to establish I Bollywood.
The man in question is Mohsin Khan, who played in the Pakistan cricket team for several years. As Pakistan did not really have a flourishing film industry, he tried his luck in Bollywood. He was even briefly married to actress Reena Roy.