It was nice to identify cricketer-turned-actor Salil Ankola on the display as soon as once more, within the latest Vidyut Jammwal-starrer, The Energy. The previous Indian quick bowler could also be 52, however he seems to be not a day older than mid-thirties, essaying a hunky bodyguard to one of many key characters within the Mahesh Manjrekar movie.
The function could have been a brief one, however it someway defines Ankola’s profession — in showbiz in addition to cricket. He’s all the time been round and you may by no means fairly ignore his towering persona.
Proper now, Ankola is Chairman of the Senior Choice Committee of Mumbai Cricket Affiliation. It’s a job he was appointed to in December and he’s glad to have “returned to the sport after a very long time”.
“I’ve been appointed about two and a half months again now. I used to be appointed on sixteenth of December. It feels good (that I) returned to the sport after a very long time. My crew is doing nicely,” Ankola instructed IANS.
Ankola has causes to really feel ebullient about his new publish. Life as a cricketer, in addition to an actor subsequently, hasn’t precisely been a easy trip all alongside. He began out on a excessive representing the nation in 1989, by the way in the identical tour of Pakistan as Sachin Tendulkar. Ankola was 21 then.
Most pundits felt he had the potential to do loads for India, however Ankola needed to name it a day on the age of 28, as a result of a sudden improvement of bone tumour in his left shin bone, owing to which he couldn’t run for 2 years.
Alternatives, nonetheless, had been ready in a really completely different space. It was at this stage, in any case, that Ankola moved into the world of the display for work.
He began gaining visibility particularly on the small display. Because the late nineties, he has discovered brisk work on tv. Over the a long time, he has been seen on exhibits corresponding to Saturday Suspense (1997), Lekin… Woh Sach Tha (1998-2000), Rishtey (1999), Noorjahan (2000-2001), Ssshhhh… Koi Hai (2003-2004), Vikraal Aur Gabraal (2003-2004), Zindagi Teri Meri Kahani (2005), CID: Particular Bureau (2005-2006), Ak…tion Limitless Josh (2006), Pyaar Ka Bandhan (2009-2010), Savitri: EK Prem Kahani (2013), Savdhaan India (2013), and Karmaphal Daata Shani (2016-2018).
His roles as Vishal in Chahat Aur Nafrat (1998-1999), Ravi in Kora Kagaz (1998-1999), his a number of avatars of Ranveer Rathore/Sandeep Jain/Shakti Singh in Kehta Hai Dil (2002-2005), and Mahen in Karam Apnaa Apnaa (2006-2009) had been highlights that permit him reinvent his stardom, from cricket to performing.
He had entered Bigg Boss season, too, however needed to be evicted by the makers following a Mumbai Excessive Court docket order. Ankola had apparently violated a contract he had signed with Balaji Telefilms, which barred him from taking part in any present made by a rival manufacturing hous.
Ankola additionally had a Bollywood sojourn, however he’s but to attain a giant function. He has been seen movies like in Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002), Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne (2003), Silence Please… The Dressing Room (2004), Riwayat (2012), Tera Intezaar (2018) and the latest Manjrekar OTT launch, The Energy.
Understanding his roster as an actor is necessary to know that he has largely stayed busy by way of the years, by way of thick and skinny. He underplays his small function in The Energy.
“I am not making an attempt to make a comeback within the motion pictures. I’ve acted for 20 years now. I’ve been doing common work for the previous 20 years,” Ankola identified.
But, there was an plain darkish part in his life, despite the fact that he had no dearth of labor. Round 2008, the press was abuzz with stories of Ankola being admitted to rehab care. In response to a Mumbai Mirror report of November 2008, Ankola was admitted to a rehabilitation centre in Pune. He had turn into an alcoholic, which in flip led to melancholy, demanding remedy, the report additional said. He was again to a rehabilitation centre in Pune in 2010.
There was turmoil in his private life, too. His first marriage to Parineeta resulted in a divorce in 2011. She later dedicated suicide.
The tides modified for Ankola in 2013 when he met Ria Banerjee, a health care provider from Allahabad he met on Fb, in keeping with the report. They obtained married quickly sufficient.
Ankola has credited Ria Banerjee for tiding over his bleak interval in life. That they had a court docket marriage and Ankola has mentioned that in Ria he discovered causes to be “glad as soon as once more”.
Right this moment, Ankola is again being occupied along with his main ardour of cricket at the same time as he does the odd function on TV or in internet collection to maintain alive his love for performing. His children have grown up, too. Patil’s son Chirag obtained engaged to Ankola’s daughter Sana in 2016, and had been subsequently married.
In 2018, Ankola turned a grandfather when Sana was blessed with a daughter, Riana.