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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 15:08 GMT
England duo land Bollywood roles
Saj Mahmood and Simon Jones
Mahmood and Jones are set to fly out to Australia next week
England bowlers Sajid Mahmood and Simon Jones are among a group of Test players set to feature in an upcoming Bollywood movie about cricket.

'Victory' is the story of a boy who dreams of playing cricket for India and filming has already begun in Sydney.

"I don't have a big role in the movie, I play myself and bowl - that can't be too difficult to do!" said Mahmood.

The film will also feature members of the current India side, as well as Australians Brett Lee and Mike Hussey.

New Zealanders Craig McMillan, Daryl Tuffey and Nathan Astle are also set to appear in the production, which stars Bollywood newcomer Harman Baweja and actress Amrita Rao.

The plot centres around a father who dreams his young son will rise from a small village in Rajasthan to play cricket for India.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan with a Lagaan poster
Lagaan starred Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan

The film is being shot to coincide with India's four-Test tour to Australia, but no official release date has been confirmed.

"I was quite surprised when approached to be involved, but it's a great opportunity to do something very different," said Lancashire seamer Mahmood, who will fly to India after filming to take part in an ECB fast bowling camp in February.

Victory is not Bollywood's first foray into the world of cricket.

Lagaan was released to rapturous reviews in 2001 and was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film.

And in 2003 British-made film Wondrous Oblivion told the story of a young Jewish cricket fan growing up next door to West Indian immigrants in south London in 1960.

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