After foreign models, now international cricketers seem to be opting for a second career in Bollywood. Trade sources reveal that UTV Motion Pictures has approached Australian cricketer Shaun Tait for their film, Kai Po Che!.
“Cricket is an integral part of the film, which is why the production house is looking for a prominent international cricketer to cast,” says a source.
As per reports, the makers have already roped in Indian bowler Ashish Nehra to coach actor Sushant Singh Rajput for his role of a cricket enthusiast in the film. “Ashish suggested Shaun’s name when the makers were brainstorming on who to cast for the part. But unlike Ashish, Shaun will actually play a prominent role in the film. UTV is in final talks with Shaun, who has shown interest in the film,” says the source.
Manish Hariprasad, creative director, studios, Disney-UTV, confirms the news saying,“Abhishek Kapoor (director) wanted a well-known international fast bowler for the climax. And Abhishek’s good friend Ashish put us in touch with Shaun. We’re in discussions with him, and hope to have him on board soon.”
However, Shaun will only do the film if his shooting schedule doesn’t clash with his commitments towards the Australian team. “Cricket will always come first for him. He liked the script and wants to do the film, but he will only give them a go-ahead if his timings work out,” says the source. UTV is working on the shooting schedule accordingly. The film is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life.