- Anupama Chopra’s son Agni Dev was in the limelight
- Agni Dev has hit 5 hundreds in the last 4 Ranji Trophy matches
- Agni has said that he has no interest in acting in movies
Film director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s son Agni has been in terrific form in the Ranji Trophy plate group. Agni has hit 5 hundreds in the last four first class matches and has been ruling the plate group with scintillating performances.
Agni was in the news after he became their first ever player to hit 4 first class centuries in his first four matches. Speaking to news agency PTI, Agni has said that he never had an interest to get into movies despite his father being a film director or his mother, who is a renowned movie critic.
“So I have been asked this question from childhood that will you go into movies but I never thought I would ever be in movies. I never thought that, oh, I should get in because my dad makes movies and it will be an easy avenue for me,” Agni told PTI in an interview.
“I was never interested in movies. I mean I love watching movies and have a great time but it was never my passion,” he further added.
The cricketer revealed that his parents gave him freedom to choose whatever career him and his sister wanted.
“My dad told me and my sister when we were younger what his father told him: “Agar tumhe sadaak par mochi (cobbler) banna hai, apne sadaak ka best mochi banna. (If you become a cobbler, be the best in your lane),” Agni said.
“He gave us freedom to do what we wanted but told us to try to be the absolute best. Talent can only take you that far as rest depends on work you do and I saw that in his movies and amount of work he put and my mother (noted film critic Anupama Chopra) in her profession, and that rubbed off on me,” he further added.
The batter had a decent outing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2023 right before the Indian Premier League mini-auction. The batter scored 234 runs at a strike rate of 150.96. The batter however was not picked up by any Ranji squads, and said that it was his next dream.
“Maybe I am not good enough so I wasn’t picked,” he said, doing plain speaking pretty well for his age.
Did it ever occur to you that multiple IPL teams are being run by film industry people (KKR is co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan and Punjab Kings by Preity Zinta)?
“For me, I want to be picked for anything based on my pedigree, it shouldn’t be because of anything else. I don’t think my dad would ever pick up the phone and tell anyone just because I told him to. I have to be good enough so that they are calling my dad, rather than my dad calling them.
“If something like that (his father pulling ranks) happened, maybe I would be picked in the squad, but surely, would not get to play in the eleven. I don’t want to be in a team where I am picked because of a phone call and then I am not going to play.”
“It doesn’t help to use a connection to achieve a dream that you wanted to achieve. Cricket was never my dad’s dream. It was my dream.”
He signed off on a confident note.