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When people search for Parmanu director Abhishek Sharma, this Under-19 cricketer shows up

Parmanu director Abhishek Sharma says it amuses him when people confuse him for 17-year-old Abhishek Sharma, who is a popular under-19 cricketer from Punjab.

bollywood Updated: Jun 19, 2018 17:28 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Abhishek Sharma latest directorial Parmanu has been received well.

fter the success of his film, Parmanu, guess what is keeping director Abhishek Sharma intrigued these days? Well, every time one searches him on the internet, they get results about the bright under-19 cricketer from Punjab who is his namesake!

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The director is happy to be sharing his name with someone as talented as the 17-year-old Abhishek Sharma. More so because his next film, The Zoya Factor, based on Anuja Chauhan’s book, narrates the story of a cricketer, and stars actors Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan in lead roles. “Every time I hear about this same name thing, I can’t help but laugh. Abhishek is a good player, who is doing well. I am proud of him. Being associated with him, given we share similar names and surname, makes me all happier. Also, my next film, The Zoya Factor, is about this ad agent and a cricketer, so I think the connection runs deep,” he laughs.

17-year-old Abhishek Sharma was part of the under-19 team that brought the U-19 World Cup this year. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Calling his name and surname together ‘a deadly combination,’ Abhishek jokes that he is sure that he has many namesakes in the country. “Our parents could have thought of more unique names rather than what we are called today. I often share a healthy laugh with my parents when I tell them that when they were deciding on what to call me, they opened the Hindi dictionary and chose the easiest name from the list,” he quips.

Talking about the all-rounder cricketer, who was in the under-19 Indian team that brought the U-19 World Cup trophy home this year, the Tere Bin Laden (2010) director says, “He has been playing really well. He has just started his journey and I wish him all the very best in life.”

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First Published: Jun 19, 2018 17:28 IST