For his role of the cricketer in Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, Randeep Hooda has decided to take guidance and tips from cricketer Virender Sehwag to make his character convincing.
"That's right!" admits Randeep. "I've asked Virender to give me one of his bats which I'd be using in Heroine. He has kindly agreed to do."
"I've to tell you. I'm very excited about this role because like every Indian boy, I played cricket in school and college. Then when Sehwag became national champ, Haryana's chest swelled with pride. Now by playing a cricketer, I feel I am fulfilling a dream that Sehwag has already fulfilled for us."
On Thursday, Randeep and his acting mentor Naseeruddin Shah trooped down to the Wankhede Stadium to watch Sehwag play in the India-West Indies Test match.
After the match, Randeep spent invaluable time studying his cricketing idol.
"It was an awesome moment, my acting mentor Naseer besides me and my cricket idol on the field...I've always felt a deep affinity to Virender Sehwag. We're both Jats from Haryana. And we're both self-made, I in my own humble way, he, of course, on a much larger scale. Just watching him on the field is so inspiring."
"Virender is not just a great batsman, he's an entertainer on the field. I firmly believe whether you're an actor or cricketer, you've to entertain people in your field. I think Virender does that very well," he said.
Randeep not only admits Sehwag would be the role model for his performance, he would also be using Virender's bat!!