Former India cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi has moved into the league of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil and Ajay Jadeja with his silver screen debut.
The cricketer, who won the under-15 Lombard World Cup as captain of the Indian colts, has played a character role in Punjabi film Ghar Gumm Hai. A senior officer with Air-India, Sodhi has played the character of a caring boss, who goes out of his way to help his team and people.
“Facing the camera in no way is easier than facing a ball on the cricket pitch,” the cricketer-turned-actor told insidesport.com from Hyderabad, where he was on duty in a domestic first-class game as a Board of Control for Cricket in India match observer.
The film is directed by Mukesh Gautam, father of Bollywood actress Yami Gautam. The docudrama is slated for the television premier on Sunday, December 10.
“People who are exposed to challenges and media become natural actors. They are good at expressing themselves. Sodhi has all these traits to succeed as an actor. The film will be premiered on PTC Punjabi on Sunday (December 10). You will find that he is as talented as an actor as he has been as a cricketer,” Gautam told insidesport.co.
Reetinder is not the first cricketer to try his hand at acting. The list from dynamic Salim Durrani, to Little Master Sunil Gavaskar to Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been a long one. Tendulkar tough had played himself in his biopic Sachin – A Billion Dreams. There are hosts of international cricketers attracted to the glam world of cinema.
The 37-year-old, who had led India to title triumph in the under-15 Lombard World Cup in 1996, has later represented the country in 18 one-day internationals. The Punjab all-rounder later also represented the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.