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Brett Lee to star in Bollywood film on cricket

December 5, 2007 Leave a comment

SYDNEY: Paceman Brett Lee has long expressed his desire to act in a Bollywood film and now fans of the Australian cricketing legend can look forward to soon seeing him in action on the big screen.

Lee will star in “Victory”, a film on cricket to be produced by Vivek Aggarwal and Ajit Pal. Starring alongside Lee is Australian cricketing great Allan Border and fellow Australian cricketers Mike Hussey and Jason Gillespie.

“I am excited to be making my Bollywood debut in ‘Victory’ and I’m hopeful playing the role of a cricketer will come naturally to me!” said Lee, 31, who earlier this year released “You’re The One For Me”, a duet with Asha Bhonsle.

Not long ago, Lee had said: “I would love to appear in a Bollywood movie one day soon. I have had a couple of offers but my schedule at the moment is primarily focused on cricket and family. The time will come and I can’t wait!”

The shooting of the film will commence in Australia in January 2008 during the India-Australia cricket series and will feature more than 20 current and recent cricket stars from around the globe

“This is a huge boost to Indo-Australian film trade and follows the success of ‘Heyy Babyy’ and the anticipated release of ‘Love Story 2050’, both of which were shot in Australia,” said the film’s Australian producer, Anupam Sharma of Films and Casting Temple.

Cricket and Bollywood make a heady mix. The announcement of a film on cricket comes close on the heels of the recent sporting box office hit “Chake De India”, which was shot in Melbourne and Sydney.

Producer Vivek Aggarwal said: “This is a complex and ambitious project, but Australia was the natural choice. Not only because of the film-friendly culture but also because India and Australia share such a strong passion for cricket”.

In “Victory”, Ajit Pal makes his directorial feature debut. The film will be presented by one of the leading Indian production houses, AdLabs.

International cricket stars include Simon Jones and Saj Mahmood from England and New Zealand’s Craig McMillan, Daryl Tuffey, Nathan Astle and Martin Crowe.

The lead actor is Harman Baweja, who recently shot his debut futuristic film “Love Story 2050” set in South Australia. The film stars Anupam Kher, Amrita Rao and Gulshan Grover among others.

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TV stars to play 20-20 cricket match

October 8, 2007 1 comment

The BCCI versus ICL battle continues to simmer. But guess who’s taking a little dig at this ‘cricket war’ situation. Well, none other than our television stars. The TV actors, all cricket enthusiasts, are set to come together to play a 20-20 day and night cricket match on October 28, at Andheri Sports Complex.

Most interesting are the team names, which are on the lines of BCCI and ICL. The actors’ teams are called TCCI team (Television Cricket Club of India ) and TCL (Television Cricket League). Organised by the Indian Television Academy, the star-studded match is to support the cause of Beti, a movement against female foeticide.

While Varun Badola leads TCCI, Manav Gohil is the captain of TCL. Indraneel Sengupta and Bakhtyaar Irani will be the wicket-keepers for the two teams. Ask the players about the similarity between their team names and that of the existing warring cricket boards and they just laugh it off. Says Manav Gohil, “It’s for the love of the game and for a good cause. The team names are just to tickle our funny bone. The organiser Anu Ranjan mooted the names and we agreed. It’s all in good fun.”

The actors are all charged up for the big game. Incidentally, TV actors already have the ‘Boxy Boyz’ team in place that has regular cricket seasons. However, for this game the Boxy Boyz have been divided between the teams. So it’s actually the merger of BCCI and ICL… oops TCCI and TCL!

Retired cricketer Warne denies romance with Jemima Khan

October 3, 2007 Leave a comment

SYDNEY (AFP) – It was the story the cricketing world found too good to be true — retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was romancing the Jemima Khan, the former wife of Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan.

And it was just that.

In a front page story on the cover of Woman’s Day magazine, Khan was named as the “other woman” in Warne’s life and the cause of the latest split from his ex-wife Simone Callahan.

But Warne, embroiled in a messy public tit-for-tat exchange with Callahan over alleged infidelities, Wednesday dismissed the story as nonsense, saying he was “just friends” with the glamourous Khan.

“There’s absolutely no truth in that one whatsoever,” he said in Melbourne.

“We’re good friends, friends with the family and that’s it. Hopefully that all clears it up with you guys.”

Warne retired from international cricket this year and moved to England where he attempted to reconcile with Callahan, whom he divorced in 2005.

But the pair now say they have parted for good, with Callahan recently claiming in a paid magazine interview that the relationship ended after Warne accidentally sent her a cheeky text message intended for another woman.

Warne has denied her account but Wednesday said he would not engage in a public feud with the mother of his three children.

“I’m not going to start a tennis match with Simone, backwards and forwards,” he said. “Simone knows the truth, that’s the end of that one.”

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