When Sunil Gavaskar tried his hands in acting with Naseeruddin Shah

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Published by Mohit Kumar Dixit on 10 Jul 2021

Popular cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is more than a sportsperson and we can say that with a lesser-known fact. Sunil Gavaskar is known to be an incredible cricketer but many didn’t know that decades ago he had tried his hand in acting too. Shocked? Don’t be.

The former star player Sunil Gavaskar made his way to movies by acting in a 1980 Marathi film ‘Savli Premachi’. Although, The film doesn’t change his destiny. But his fans were curious to see him acting more in movies. However, the budding actor returned to the cricket field instead.

After eight long years, the acting bug again caught him up as he did a cameo in a Naseeruddin Shah starrer film ‘Maalamaal’. The film was released in 1988. The film had Naseer playing a small-time cricketer who comes into his grandfather’s inheritance but has to spend Rs 30 crore in 30 days to get his grandfather’s Rs 330 crore. Gavaskar’s cameo was one of the highlights of the film as he was a huge icon in those days.

Besides acting in movies, Gavaskar has also tried his skills in music. He sang a Marathi song that depicts the similarities between Cricket and real life. Titled as ‘Ya Duniyemadhye Thambayaala Vel Konala,’ the melody was written by popular Marathi lyricist Shantaram Nandgaonkar.

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