62-yr-old social media's 'star' footballer turns actor
Ambalavayal: James, who was trending on social media for his football skills, will be shortly seen on the big screen. James will make his cinema entry through Antony Varghese starrer ‘Anapparambile World cup’. James will play the role of a football fan in the movie that will have IM Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri playing the role of football coaches. The movie, which will hit the big screen in 2020, is in the shooting phase right now.
James, an Ambalavayal native, is a truck driver by profession. His association with football started 50 years back. And it is this love affair that earned him a role in the movie. The 62- year- old man still practises for hours daily in order to hone his skills. Sometimes he will be accompanied by his two children.
The world came to know about James during the last football world cup. A video of him juggling a football was shared on social media and it immediately went viral.
The movie, directed by Nikhil Premraj, is shot in Malappuram. The movie also has Balu Varghese, Nishanth Sagar, TG Ravi in important roles.