Shahid Kapoor to Ranveer Singh, films where B Town actors turned cricketers on screen

From little boys playing gully cricket on the streets to big shot cricketers placing their foot forward on the pitch, to an overwhelming crowd that cheers the country's name at the stadium, India and cricket are inseparable. Let's look at a few films where the B-Town actors turned crickets on the screen.
Shahid Kapoor to Ranveer Singh, films where B Town actors turned cricketers on screenShahid Kapoor to Ranveer Singh, films where B Town actors turned cricketers on screen
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Cricket is not just a sport in India, it is seen as a religion. From little boys playing gully cricket on the streets to big shot cricketers placing their foot forward on the pitch, to an overwhelming crowd that cheers the country's name at the stadium, India and cricket are inseparable. If there are two things that the Indians are extremely passionate about, it goes without saying that it is Bollywood and Cricket.

When we club Bollywood and Cricket together, there's no bigger entertainment ever. Let's look at a few films when the Bollywood actors painted themselves in the spirit of the sport and wore the jersey on screen.

Shahid Kapoor, Jersey

After basking in the glory of his biggest hit, Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor is all set to break records once again with his upcoming sports drama Jersey. The actor will be seen lifting the bat in the Hindi remake of the hit Telugu film Jersey. The film will be directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the helmer of the Telugu version who has now roped in Shahid Kapoor to play the role of a cricketer in the Hindi version which is said to hit the screens on August 28 next year in 2020.

Ranveer Singh, '83

Recreating the 1983 Cricket World Cup through the lens of director Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh will be seen fitting into the shoes of the iconic cricketer Kapil Dev who was the man behind India's legendary win. Where cricket is seen is a religion, Kapil Dev is worshipped as the God of Cricket. Singlehandedly taking the score up by 175 runs, Kapil Dev rewrote the history in the books of cricket which will be portrayed by Ranveer Singh once again. A treat to all the cricket lovers, the film is slated to release in April 2020.

Sushant Singh Rajput, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

When it comes to Cricket, how can we ever forget our Caption cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni? The film explores the lesser-known facts about the ace cricketer, his early life, family ties, friends and struggle against all odds to become what he is now. The film also gives a sneak peek into his love life and tells us how he met Sakshi. Sushant Singh Rajput's biggest hit, the film is a cult classic for all the MS Dhoni fans out there. From his long hair to his journey in the field of Cricket, his helicopter shots, the actor has put his soul into the film which is clearly evident on the screen.

Emraan Hashmi, Azhar

Once a famed and successful caption of the Indian Cricket Team, Mohammad Azharuddin's cricket career saw a setback when his name came up in match-fixing. Sharing his story with the world, Emraan Hashmi played Mohammad Azharuddin on-screen and narrated his fightback to prove his innocence, his struggles in his love life and the ban imposed on him. Emraan not only managed to look like the cricketer but also picked the nuances of his character, making a perfect Azharuddin on the screen.

Akshay Kumar, Patiala House

Keeping cricket biopics aside, Akshay Kumar was no less when it comes to evoking love for the sport. Playing a simpleton and sincere son, Gattu gives up his passion for cricket only for his father's happiness. Putting up in England, Gattu aspires to play for the England Cricket Team but lets his dreams die for lack of support. The film narrates the story of every cricket lover who ever dreamed of lifting the bat at the stadium but never got a chance to. When Gattu gets the love and support he requires, he joins back the team and proves his father wrong.

Aamir Khan, Lagaan

The film where it all began, which sensationalised cricket in India. Aamir Khan plays the role of a rustic villager Bhuvan who along with the other inhabitants of the village learns the alien sport and accepts the challenge thrown by the Britishers, which promised the end of British Raj provided the villagers win the Cricket match. The innocent villagers troubled by the high taxes levied on them take up the challenge and win the game, changing their destiny forever.

Also Read: From Ranveer Singh's '83 to Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak, here's a list of upcoming biopics to look forward to

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