New Innings on the silver screen

His Greek God like well chiseled looks and physique made many a young lady's heart throb as he strode across the ground to hurl his outswingers at international cricketers of the likes of Steve Waugh. These days, however, Salil Ankola is seeking to make a mark of a different kind: as an actor both on the small and the wide screen.

The 30 year old good looker hails from Karvar in the Konkan district. , But he was born in Solapur, Maharashtra. A commerce graduate from Pune, he started playing serious cricket when he entered the 11th standard. By 18, he was in the Indian cricket team. And he did leave an impression with his pace. He looked like he had a long cricketing career ahead of him. But a tumor developed in his leg. An operation followed, and it forced him to abort whatever cricketing ambitions he nursed.

It is said that when fate closes one door, it opens another. With his good looks it was no surprise that he started receiving offers for films and television.

His first serial Chahat Aur Nafrat attracted instant attention. Then came Kora Kagaz, which continues it's successful run on Star Plus. He is also there in recently launched TV serials Khaki and Kurukshetra. He signed his first movie with Mahesh Manjarekar recently, and has acted 5 movies so far. He candidly admits that he has never planned anything in his life. He takes life as it comes to him. As a true family man, he likes spending time at home with his wife, and two children.

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