Mumbai Heroes press conference: Bobby Deol reveals how his intense picture from a Celebrity Cricket League match helped him bag Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Animal

Bobby Deol’s career went on a high with last year’s blockbuster, Animal (2023). Despite limited screen time, the actor rocked the show in the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer and it turned out to be one of the most memorable performances in recent times. Animal’s director Sandeep Vanga Reddy, in an interview, revealed that he signed Bobby after he spotted a picture of him in an intense mood at a match of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). At the Mumbai Heroes press conference today, Bobby Deol opened up on this aspect.

Bobby was asked why was he looking so intensely. He replied, “Shayad, meri team haar rahi hogi uss waqt (laughs). Kuch gadbad ho rahi hogi.”

He continued, “I miss CCL. I have always loved cricket since I was a kid. I remember Suniel telling me, ‘Hum log cricket khel rahe hai. Tu aaja’. I asked him, ‘Kaunsa cricket?’. He replied, ‘We play matches with actors of different industries’. I agreed and maine dekha ki kaafi serious tarike se practice kar rahe the sab. Jab main khelne laga, toh mujhe laga ki batting mujhse hoti nahin hai. Pata nahin chalta ball girti kaise hai. I enjoy bowling more.”

Bobby Deol further said, “I still remember when I went to the stadium for the first time, I was like, ‘Yeh kamaal hai yaar’. When we see the Indian cricket team playing, we often claim, ‘Uss player ne shot kyun nahin maara?’. It’s only when you play that you realize how difficult the game is. You have to really practice.”

Coming back to the Animal story, the dashing actor said, “Luckily, because of that one picture, I got Animal. Sometimes, in life, certain things that you do and love can take you in another direction. That’s what happened with me.”

Besides Bobby Deol, the press conference was attended by Mumbai Heroes owners Sohail Khan, Jordy Patel and Adil Jagmagia along with it’s star player, Saqib Saleem. CCL founder, Vishnu Induri, also graced the event.

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