Thatscricket - News - Kapil joins the Bollywood bandwagon

Published: Monday, February 16, 2004, 20:48 [IST]
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Mumbai:India's former ace Test cricketer Kapil Dev, credited with taking 432 wickets in the international arena, will star in a Bollywood big screen sports movie -- as himself.

The film is about a boxer, played by Bollywood star Sohail Khan, who fails to make it big because of the politics involved in boxing.

Fed up, he quits the game to become a television sports journalist who is tasked with interviewing various sports personalities, including Kapil Dev.

The cricketer appeared before the cameras at the weekend for the first session of shooting for the 1.1 million dollar movie, entitled "Aryan".

"Bollywood has not given much attention to making films on sports and I am happy this is a small beginning," Dev said as he emerged Sunday from Riverdale studio in Central Bombay.

"I love sports and anybody who tries to make a film on sport I am always ready to support. I am happy to be a part of this film," he said.

"I am more touched (that) the producers of this film have thought to make a film on sportsmen," he added. "We need Bollywood to make films on sportsmen so that youngsters in our country are encouraged to play sports."

He said that in the interview with Khan he stresses that only those determined to be successful against all the odds have a chance of becoming sporting greats.

Produced by Poonam Khubani and Vipin Anand, the film is directed by Abhishek Kapoor.Besides Sohail Khan and Kapil Dev, actors in the film are Inder Kumar, newcomer Sneha Ulal, Satish Shah and Farida Jalal. The movie plays out against a boxing background.

"The overall theme of the film is that any person who is down and out should not give up in life. He should be a fighter -- just like Kapil Dev is on the cricket field," Sohail Khan said.

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