Three Sports Players that Starred in a Movie (Not in a guest appearance): Part 1

Bollywood and Sports are two of the biggest crowd-puller in India. Cricket is arguably the most popular sport in our country and several cricketers are treated as gods all around the nation. On the other hand, the only passion of our nation which matches Cricket is Bollywood. There are a bunch of people who used both of India’s passion and tried to mix it in one. Yes, we are talking about the cricket stars who tried making a career in Bollywood. Let us take a look at three such players:

Dara Singh

The loving Daar Ji from Jab We Met was an acclaimed wrestler before making a career in the movie industry. Dara Singh is one of the well-renowned names in the wrestling industry. His name was inducted in the first edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.  A national crush of the country in the 1960s, Dara Singh put India on the map in wrestling. His charismatic personality was enough to make him an overnight sensation in the movie industry. He played several roles in over 100 movies. His roles in Jab We Met and Kal Ho Na Ho amongst others have a cult following.

Ajay Jadeja

Jadeja had a glorious career in cricket before getting indulged in a match-fixing scandal. After enduring a break in his cricket in the early 2000s, Jadeja decided to try his hands at acting. However, Jadeja who was often considered as the safest catchers on the Indian national side failed to catch the perfect script for his career. Jadeja starred in Khel, in a parallel lead role. He was paired opposite Celina Jaitley. The movie also consisted of Suniel Shetty and Sunny Doel in other lead roles. The movie bombed at the box office and brought an end to insignificant career of Ajay Jadeja in Bollywood.

Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli’s life is full of things which he should not have done, and acting tops the list. Kambli made his acting debut through a television show on DD National. He even got a chance at Bollywood movies through the 2002 release, Annarth. The movie proved to be a super-flop, and that was the end of Kambli in Bollywood movies. He still appears in Regional language movies and is now more famous for his commentary stint.

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