Sri Lankan cricketers land Bollywood roles

August 25, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s top cricketers had a shot at Bollywood stardom when they were filmed for an upcoming movie that features some of the best players in the world.

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Scenes for “Victory,” a story of a small town boy who dreams of playing cricket for India, were shot in Colombo last week, with actor Harman Baweja playing against Sri Lanka’s national team.

Sri Lankan stars Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya were among those filmed at one of Colombo’s oldest cricket venues, the Oval.

Also starring in the 10-million-dollar movie will be the Indian team, plus Australian paceman Brett Lee, England bowlers Sajid Mahmood and Simon Jones, and New Zealander Craig McMillan.

“The film combines what Indians love best — cricket, music and Bollywood movies,” Sri Lankan producer Chandran Rutnam, who handled the Colombo leg of the shooting, told AFP.

Rutnam said Bollywood names such as Baweja and Amrita Rao play key roles in the movie, but the biggest draw would be 40 international cricketers from seven