Ajay Jadeja is a former Indian cricketer. The cricketer, though much more accomplished as an international cricketer of some standing also featured in a number of films and TV shows towards the end of his cricketing career. One of the likely reasons for his interest in films could also have been the period in his career when he was suspended by the Board of Control of Cricket for alleged match fixing. Although he was ultimately absolved by the higher court, it did cast a shadow on his career. It is in this phase that he may have contemplated an alternative arena for continuing to be in the lime light, though his actual appearances came much later.
The links between Bollywood and Indian cricket are quite well established and there exists a very clear bonhomie between the 2 groups. Instances of cricketers and film stars marriage also exist – the foremost being
& Nawab of Pataudi; and Mohd Azharuddin &
. There also have been instances where Indian cricketers have been put in guest roles in Bollywood movies, but hardly any instances of cricketers getting into acting roles on a regular basis. At best they may have acted as hosts of reality shows on TV. Out of this scenario emerges the name of Ajay Jadeja, who appeared in various TV shows and movies.
Being a celebrity in his own right, and coming from a royal lineage, it was relatively easy for him to get into films, with producers more than eager to accommodate someone like him with impeccable credentials. Jadeja’s association with the entertainment world started in 2003 with the film “ Khel” with
and Sunil Shetty. His next film was only after 6 years in “Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat”. Besides movies, Jadeja was also inducted by Zee News to serve as one of its cricket anchors for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. His subsequent association with various TV channels for cricket based programs and events continue even today. He has also appeared as a contestant on the celebrity dance show “JhalakDikhhlaJaa” in its very first season, and has also appeared on the TV show Comedy Circus. Ajay Jadeja would, however, be remembered more for his cricketing exploits and perhaps he would also prefer it that way.