International cricketer Jonty Rhodes’ love for India is well known. So much so, the South African cricketer has even named his daughter India Jeanne, after the country he admires. Mr Rhodes, was in Chennai recently, visiting Kovalam, India’s first surfing village, when he happened to enjoy an unusual experience of visiting the sets of a Tamil film for the first time.
The shooting of ‘Thittam Pottu Thirudura Kootam’ took place in the Chennai Museum for Cricket which houses a treasure trove of trophies and memorabilia. The film, directed by Sudhar stars Kayal Chandran and Satna Titus as the lead pair with Parthiepan in a pivotal role.
The team of ‘Thittam Pottu Thirudura Kootam’ was in for a pleasant surprise as the world’s greatest fielder ever, Jonty Rhodes made a surprise visit to the museum and on seeing the filming in progress took great interest in watching the proceedings as he has never seen any Indian film shooting. The legendary cricketer happily obliged to photographs with everyone present.
“Actually, the film crew came to check out my cricket memorabilia which I’ve been collecting from around the globe for the last many years. So, when they met me, the director, who is a debutant, thought I would perfectly fit into the role of the businessman in the film. That’s how I was roped in for the film. Almost 70% of the shooting is done, and it should be ready to be released by the end of this year,” shares JK. Interestingly, during the shooting of the film, the cast and crew were visited by the former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes. Talking about his interaction with Rhodes, JK says, “I have known him for quite sometime. While we were shooting in a bungalow on ECR, Rhodes was also there in the neighbourhood. He came down for the surfing fest which happened last weekend. I invited him to the shooting place, and he readily agreed to come. He was quite happy to watch the shoot and even more excited about checking out my cricket memorabilia.”
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