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Abhilash Thapliyal on India’s biggest cricket fan: Trying to generate funds for Sudhir

Actor Abhilash Thapliyal says that he is trying to spread the word and helping Sudhir Kumar Gautam get enough money to travel around the world and cheer for Indian cricket team.

bollywood Updated: Jun 03, 2017 11:47 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Abhilash Thapliyal,Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary,Sachin Tendulkar
Actor Abhilash Thapliyal with Sachin Tendulkar’s biggest fan, Sudhir Kumar Gautam.

Sudhir Kumar Gautam doesn’t need an introduction. Most of us would have seen this man with tri-colour, depicting India’s national flag, painted on his body, cheering for former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during matches. Taking a step forward, actor Abhilash Thapliyal is on a mission to make it easy for Sudhir Kumar Gautam to attend every match that Team India plays around the globe. He is making a website to ask people to contribute and financially help the biggest cricket fan.

The campaign, started by Abhilash, aims at getting enough funds for Sudhir, and is already picking up well. “It has just started. Frankly speaking, we haven’t been able to generate enough funds and we’ve been trying to spread the word. The ICC champions trophy has been taken care of, but the objective is not just for one match or tournament. We want to help him be present every time India plays. You and I may a click a picture, but that guy paints his entire body. His identity is that Tiranga,” says Abhilash, who is known for his online videos, a political satire titled Muffler Man. He will soon make his Bollywood debut in Makhna, starring Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem.

Actor Abhilash Thapliyal with Sudhir Kumar Gautam.

Talking about his campaign and the financial aim associated with it, Abhilash adds, “Right now, our focus is only on this financial year. If we aim at collecting funds for the next 10 years, it’s going to be tough. Initially, we thought we would raise Rs 8 lakh, and had even decided how the money would be divided. However, we realised that while we are getting plenty of likes and hearts on Facebook, it’s not getting translated into money.”

The actor adds that they are now looking at raising Rs 2 lakh. “The West Indies trip would be expensive. We have linked his account with the website, so that the contributions may go directly to his account.”

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First Published: Jun 03, 2017 11:47 IST