New Delhi: Former cricketer Sreesanth is set to make his Bollywood debut in Pooja Bhatt’s next production venture and the filmmaker says the decision to cast him was quick and instinctive.
S Sreesanth was arrested, charged and then banned by the Bharti Cricket Board (BCCI) for life over his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.
In the film, which has been titled ‘Cabaret’, the former India pacer will be seen donning the role of a Malayali mentor to the movie’s leading lady Richa Chadda’s character, who is a dancer.
Pooja met Sreesanth a day before his birthday earlier this month at his home. “I knew that he would be able to play the role of a Malayali guy,” Pooja added.
The character is very close to his persona. I have asked him to retain his Malayali accent. Sreesanth is a natural performer, he is camera friendly and I have a gut feeling that the film will do him good,” Pooja said.
Sreesanth, 31, has displayed his dancing skills earlier in a dance-based reality TV show.
The 42-year-old director-producer said that with the film, Sreesanth, who is banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL), will be able to make a comeback.