Vivek Oberoi to play ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi on screen
Actor Vivek Oberoi’s character in his debut web series is reportedly inspired by former Indian Premiere League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi.
‘Bangistan’ director Karan Anshuman’s 12-part web series, titled ‘Power Play’ is based on cricket tournament Indian Premiere League (IPL) and the controversy surrounding it in the recent years.
Starring Vivek, Richa Chadda, Angad Bedi, Gulshan Devaiah, the web series is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment.
An earlier report had claimed that Vivek is playing the character of a man who goes from rags to riches. His involvement in betting allows him to earn big bucks, with which he fulfills his dream of owning his very own IPL team.
However, according to sources close to 40-year-old Vivek, his character is inspired by the former tainted cricket administrator.
Although no official confirmation regarding it has come from the makers yet.
Modi was sacked in 2010 as Commissioner of the IPL after his name cropped up in a scandal in the IPL over alleged money laundering. He is currently on a self-imposed exile in UK.
Apparently, Richa’s character is said to be inspired by Preity Zinta, who co-owns IPL franchise, Kings XI Punjab, while Angad’s role is loosely modelled on limited over captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Gulshan will play a cricketer with grey shades.
While IPL is the primary backdrop, the story deals with betting and relationships, both of which have a profound implication on the game. The series is inspired by real life events and has already gone on floors. It is expected to go on air by end of this year.