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Sanjay Suri says Salaam India

After Bas Ek Pal, Sanjay Suri is all set to play a cricket coach in Say Salaam India. Deepti Kaul tells more.
None | By Deepti Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2007 06:53 PM IST

Looks like Bollywood still wants to cash in from the World cup, despite India's early exit. After Hattrick, debutante director Subash Kapoor's SaySalaam India is all set to hit the theatres on March 31.

The Film, which stars Sanjay Suri and Milind Soman, traces the journey of a few small town players who make it big. After a power-house performance in Bas Ek pal, Sanjay Suri returns to play a passionate cricket coach in the film.

"I play a cricket coach named Hari Sadu. Hari is a total cricket buff, passionate about the game and one can call him a cricket fanatic. He walks talks only cricket. He is of the opinion that whether its Gully cricket or the World Cup, one should play the game with equal amount of passion and involvement. A coach who gives importance to playing well rather than just winning," says the actor.

"His philosophy being that there are no short cuts to success or to be a champion. One should play a sport for the love of it and nothing else. There is no replacement for hard work, dedication, focus and passion. I really enjoyed playing this character and loved working on the body language, his style of talking, his obsession and the techniques he adopts to teach the team," adds Sanjay, who's forthcoming films include Kabhi up Kabhi down with Perizad Zorbain and Anubhav with Gul Panag.

But doesn't he feel that the film's release hasn't been timed well? "Say Salaam India is a film that talks about the passion of cricket. Therefore, I'd ask everybody to watch the film independent of the World Cup."

Say Salaam India also marks the debut of many new comers. Ranjan Chabra, who makes his acting debut with the film, is all excited to be a part of such an intersting project.

Says the newcomer, "There are two teams in the movie one is Royal Heritage and other team is Vidya Mandir. I am the eldest player of the Royal Heritage team. It was an enriching experience for me to be a part of the film."

Probabaly, the fresh concept of the film might be a hit with the depressed cricket fanatics!

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