Former cricketer Salil Ankola needs no introduction. He acted in several popular Hindi serials and films while portraying various characters on the silver screens.You also saw him in blue jersey representing team India at international cricket matches. If you wish to search for a perfect example of a multifaceted personality, then obviously Salil Ankola will top that chart.
It is obviously no child’s play to represent a national cricket team as its fast bowler, and then join the glitzy world of silver screen to entertain billion people. In this candid interview with Atish Home Chowdhury, the actor tries to relive his journey from a fast bowler of India’s national cricket team to an ace actor.
1) How would you describe your journey from an international cricketer to an ace actor?
It’s been quite a ride … acting is really tough and my first dialogue was “mai aa raha hoon” and I could manage in 40 takes. But it’s been fun with no regrets.
2) Do you really believe that a cricketer can become a successful actor and vice-versa?
Anyone can become whatever he wants if the will is there and is backed up by hard work and dedication in the right direction. Though I would say that find what is good for u and rationalize for yourself. Don’t depend on others opinions.
3) How was your experience sharing the same dressing room with the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, and others?
It was great to share the same dressing room with the legends Sachin and Kumble. They were the two who never gave up and gave their 200 percent. They were the rockstars of the team and one could easily depend on them with one’s eyes closed. One can learn a lot from them. Others were Rahul and Saurav. Super human cricketers!
4) What are your future projects?
I am working on two Telugu films scheduled for release this year. I am the main villain in those films and the roles are awesomely interesting as I play a character who I can never be in real life.
5) Do you think Virat Kohli is capable to lead India in both tests and ODIs, if Dhoni relinquishes captaincy?
MSD is one of the best captains INDIA has ever produced, he is the ultimate team man and when he says that Virat is the man for the job then no one can argue. Virat has the aggression to lead the team from the front and he is young and has the teams support. So he is the one.
6) Name your five most favorite cricketers of all time.
Wasim Akram, Ian Botham, Dennis Lillee, Sir Richard Hadlee, and Sir Vivian Richards.
7) Name your favorite actors and actresses.
Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Mickey Rourke, Charlize Theron and Aamir Khan.
Thank you Salil for this wonderful interview and appreciate you for giving your valuable time for it. However, before concluding it, I would like to share this melodious album-song featuring Salil Ankola and Aditi Govitrikar with the readers. This song has been beautifully sung by Asha Bhonsle and Adnan Sami. Please click on the pic given below to watch the song.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this interview and listening to this spectacular song as well. Also, wishing the handsome, honest and humble celebrity a very best of luck for his future endeavor and projects.