Dhoni geared up for Bollywood debut

Published: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 14:10 [IST]
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Dhoni to star in Bollywood film on cricket

Mumbai: After stupendous success in Cricket world, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to conquer tinsel world. Indian captain will be acting in a cricket-based film, Hook Ya Crook . The movie will be produced by UTV. A source close to the production house said that producers want Hook Ya Crook to be an authentic cricket film.

The climax will be a huge cricket match like Ashutosh Gowariker"s  famous movie Lagaan . Dhoni, who has a full-fledged role, is being brought on board to share the field and cinema space with the rest of the cast and also to help his colleagues give a believable spin to the game."

David Dhawan, the director of the film said, “Cricket does play a very important part in my film. This would be my most uncharacteristic film, very different from the comedies I am associated with. John Abraham and Uday Chopra will come together again after Dhoom. And Aditya Pancholi has a very important role. The audience will love him."

The film, Hook Ya Crook , is hugely inspired from the 1981 Hollywood film , Escape To Victory , which featured football star Pele. The film was about a group of prisoners escaping from a World War 2 prison camp while playing a football match. Writer Rensil D"Silva has adapted the film for an Indian audience.

While the prison set is currently being built by art director Samir Chanda in Hyderabad, all the actors have been asked to brush up on their high-school cricket.


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