10 Sportspeople Who Played Leads In Bollywood Films

10 Sportspeople Who Played Leads In Bollywood Films

2 Feb 17 @ 6:12 PM | By Ravi

As Indians, we are obsessed with either films or cricket. When you talk of sports in India no other sport comes close to cricket, not even our national game, Hockey. The lifespan of a sportsman or sportswoman is a maximum of ten years and if you don’t make the cut in your discipline you vanish before you start. Though Bollywood has seen quite a few sportsmen turning actors but the survival has been a lifelong struggle. Bollywood has seen sports-persons doing cameos in films now and then but haven’t made a career out of it as film pundits feel they can’t act for nuts. Many have tried taking up acting full-time post retirement of which some have done it for the fun of it. Every athlete would've bagged some or the other state, national or international award in their respective sport but none of them bagged an acting award. Some athletes who started as leads ended up playing character actors but did gain respect in the film fraternity. As time passed people forgot that they were sports-persons first. We look at some sportsmen who featured in movies and played the lead in a film(s).