Thanks to the extremely persuasive team of actors that she was working with in Vancouver Sonam Kapoor has turned into a cricket fan during the month-long schedule of Anees Bazmi's Thank You.
Which is ironical considering she plays a tennis player in Thank You and needed to get familiar with tennis and not cricket. But it's cricket that was the flavour of the month in Vancouver. And the crew was having a ball with the bat.
Speaking excitedly from Vancouver Irrfan Khan said he has never had more fun shooting for any film. “We shoot the film till late evening and since it's daylight even at 8 pm we play cricket till the sun supports us late in the night.”
Irrfan reveals that the whole crew, man woman and child, are addicted to the game. “We have as much fun during shooting as we have afterwards. Our cricket matches have become a serious business.
I'm working for the first time with almost everyone in the cast and crew from Anees Bazmi to Akshay Kumar and it doesn't feel like the first time. Everyone is so chilled out.I had worked with Sonam's father Anil Kapoor in Slumdog Millionaire. Now I'm working with Sonam.”
But the one bonding that Irrfan really values in Vancouver is with Bobby Deol.
Says Irrfan, “I recently worked with Bobby's brother Sunny. We were cordial. But with Bobby it was instant camaraderie. He's so genuine and simple. Most of my scenes are with Bobby.We've become close friends.”
Earlier it was Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol who were best buddies. Vancouver seems to have changed that. It's Irrfan Khan and Bobby who are seen to bond together over cricket while Akshay prefers to spend time with his wife and son.
On Irrfan's insistence it has now been decided that on their return the Thank You team will try to get together in Mumbai to play at least one match every week.
Says Irrfan. “We actors need to explore areas of interest beyond acting. We will certainly carry forward our new team spirit and enthusiasm for cricket.”