Indian cinema has found new love for biopics. After ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’, ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Azhar’, two much awaited biopics on Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are set for release. The story of an Indian cricketer makes for a fascinating plot to spin a Bollywood movie around it. Cricwizz takes a look at actors who can play these 10 Indian cricketers efficiently on screen in their biopics. Have a look.
Yuvraj Singh-Ranbir Kapoor: A film on Yuvraj Singh’s life will make a great entertainer as the southpaw has gone through various ups and downs. His life story will make a perfect Bollywood masala. Yuvi won an under-14 roller-skating championship, but he was made to pursue cricket by his father Yograj and the southpaw went on to star in two World Cup titles for India. His fight against cancer, his glamourous life off the field, his link-ups and break-ups – just too much for Bollywood not to attempt a biopic on him. And who better than Rabir Kapoor to play Yuvi in the biopic. Ranbir too has his own shares of affairs in his personal life and has gone through his highs and lows in career. Ranbir can bring the life of Yuvraj to perfection on the big screen.
Kapil Dev-Ranveer Singh: Playing a World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on screen can be challenging. But what will be more difficult to bring out will be a person who is straightforward, honest and played his cricket with his heart on his sleeve. Ranveer Singh, who looked so convincing as Maratha warrior in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is the perfect actor to bring Kapil live on screen. Ranveer, being a fitness freak, has the body, height and acting talent to play the highly successful Indian pace bowler on the 70 mm screen.
Sourav Ganguly-Ranbir Kapoor: Sourav Ganguly’s cricket journey from an arrogant budding cricketer to one of the most successful Indian skippers makes a compelling Bollywood tale. His tit-for-tat attitude stands out. His shirt-waving incident after 2002 NatWest Series win is iconic. It will need a special talent to play Ganguly. And Ranbir is a powerhouse of talent. He showed in ‘Rockstar’ what arrogance means. No better actor to play Ganguly than Ranbir at the moment.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi-Saif Ali Khan: The former Indian skipper has had the looks to die for. He played all his life with just one eye. His is a story of determination, courage and strength. And there can be no better actor to play him on screen than his own son, Saif Ali Khan. He will match his father in every way. And it will be a privilege for Saif to play his father onscreen.
NS Sidhu-Ranbir Kapoor: The journey of a shy cricketer to a reality show judge and politician makes Navjot Singh Sidhu the biggest transformation Indian cricket has ever seen. Sidhu bared his love story on the Kapil Sharma show recently. These are enough to make an entertaining biopic on the former cricketer. Ranbhir, who played a cute sardar in ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year’, is just perfect to play Sidhu on the big screen.
Virat Kohli-Varun Dhawan: Currently, Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world. He is stylish, passionate, aggressive and on the face. A young actor in Varun Dhawan can play Kohli to perfection. The two share a lot of thing in common when it comes to their lifestyle and passion towards their craft. Both are fitness freaks and love their job to the hilt. Playing Kohli should be cakewalk for Dhawan.
Rahul Dravid-Aamir Khan: Dravid was ‘The Wall’ that many opponents failed to breach. He is calm, cool and give nothing to others by way of his expressions. Playing him will be a challenge as the actor has to live up the stature, legacy and personality of the former Indian cricketer. Aamir Khan is the best bet for it as he can bring various layers to Dravid’s personality on screen and do justice to the movie and ‘The Wall’.
Ravi Shastri-Sidharth Malhotra: Ravi Shastri’s persona and his cricketing career has style written all over it. He was a fierce competitor during his playing days. Post retirement, he is holding his own as a commentator and made a great Team Director in charge of Indian cricket team. A tall, handsome actor in Sidharth Malhotra can play Shastri convincingly. Sidharth recently acted in a movie named ‘Brothers’ based on mixed martial arts and he looked every bit of sportsman inside the ring. His acting skill has also improved over the years.
Anil Kumble-Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Anil Kumble started his international career as a bespectacled bowler who was termed more of a medium-pacer than a leg-spinner. But Kumble was great at his job and went on to become the most successful bowler in Indian cricket. He has also set a benchmark of how sportspersons should conduct themselves on and off the field, and that they should play the game in the right spirit. An actor of the calibre of Nawazuddin Siddiqui is best suited to play Kumble on screen. Siddiqui, who recently played a golfer in ‘Freaky Ali’, can match Kumble step by step in the movie.
S Sreesanth-Sushant Singh Rajput: The former Indian pacer has had a controversial, but colourful cricketing life. How a talented bowler got involved into the murkier world of match fixing makes for a fascinating Bollywood story. Sushant Singh Rajput who has convincingly played MS Dhoni in his biopic, can play Sreesanth equally well on screen. Sushant can bring the frustration, antics, angst of Sreesanth effectively onscreen.