Pathan has been given a role in a Tamil language film starring southern Indian superstar, Vikram, who was seen alongside Aishwarya Rai in the film “Raavan”, with its tentative title “Vikram 58”.
The music score for the big project will be done by Indian music legend A.R. Rahman.
Another cricketer to make his foray into South Indian film will be Harbajan Singh with his debut in a film entitled "Dikkiloona".
In an interview with a magazine, Pathan said he became confused when the film director approached him: “When the director approached me, my first question was, ‘Why me?’”
“The role suited me perfectly and that they were keen on casting me", he added.
“It took me a little while to make up my mind. And once convinced, I gave a go ahead. I have never acted in a film before, so yeah, it is a new challenge", Irfan said.
Asked how would he tackle the language problem in the film due to having been born and brought up in north India, he said language wouldn’t be an issue as he knows the language somewhat due to having played on the team Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I am really excited… It won’t affect my other commitments either", Irfan said.
Left-handed bowler Pathan later took to Twitter to share the news with his fans.
New venture,new challenge looking forward to it— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 14, 2019
@AjayGnanamuthu @iamarunviswa @7screenstudio
@Lalit_SevenScr #ChiyaanVikram58 @sooriaruna
@proyuvraaj @LokeshJey@VishalSaroee pic.twitter.com/yZ99OZyJrl
Warm welcome to all the people out there. Thank you for the amazing response.— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 15, 2019
Am very much looking forward to join with Vikram, ARR & director Ajay. Keep continuing your support. Thank you.
Let's enjoy together.
Elated netizens congratulated Pathan, some of them saying they can’t wait to see the cricketer's super stylish avatar in the movie.