Irfan Pathan’s New Challenge: Indian Cricketer to Make His Debut in the Tamil Film Industry

Irfan Pathan’s New Challenge: Indian Cricketer to Make His Debut in the Tamil Film Industry

Irfan Pathan has announced his acting debut with Tamil movie starring South superstar Vikram. The film will be directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu.

Irfan Pathan -- who is on the expert panel for the current India vs South Africa Test series -- is taking on a new challenge. The Indian cricketer, a bowling all rounder, is ready to make his acting debut and will be seen on the big screen in a Tamil movie, alongside South superstar Vikram (aka Chiyaan). Irfan took to Twitter to share a video announcement of his transition from the world of cricket to the world of films. He wrote, “New venture, new challenge looking forward to it.” Tentatively titled Vikram 58, his debut film will be directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, who has helmed films like Demonte Colony and Imaikka Nodigal. The filmmaker, sharing a photo with Irfan, tweeted, “Welcome on board @IrfanPathan Can’t wait to unleash your new avatar to the audience!! Time for some solid action!!”

Seven Screen Studio, the film’s co-producer, also confirmed that Irfan had been roped in for the upcoming movie, via a tweet, “Proud and honoured to introduce @IrfanPathan in #ChiyaanVikram58 in a super stylish action avatar!! Welcome on Board sir and wish you a sensational debut."

A R Rahman is the music composer for Vikram 58 while Sivakumar Vijayan will be the cinematographer. The film is expected to go on the floors soon and will be shot in various cities of India and other countries. Details of the story and Irfan’s role have not been revealed. Irfan has played 29 Test matches and represented India in 102 One-day International matches. The 34-year old last played in an international cricket match in October 2012, in a Twenty20 International (T20I) match against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, another former cricketer, Harbhajan Singh will also be making his debut in Tamil movies with Dikkiloona, starring Santhanm. The film will be produced by KJR Studios in association with Soldiers Factory, and directed by Karthik Yogi.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.