Seemab Khan, son of the legendary Bollywood actor Amjad Khan, is determined to create his own identity. Tired of being referred to as Amjad’s son, Seemab has been bitten by the cricket bug again. Seemab, who earlier this year made his directorial debut assisting Sajid Khan in Houseful 2 and Himmatwala, came back to cricket after a gap of three years this season.
His leg-spin almost single-handedly put Maskati Cricket Club on the brink of an outright victory over United Cricketers in the ‘C’ Division of the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League at Cross Maidan yesterday. Seemab, who was playing only the second match of the season, claimed six for 31 in the first innings as United Cricketers were bundled out for 75 chasing 220.
Though he went wicketless in the second innings, Maskati CC managed to put United under tremendous pressure to save the match. Following on, United Cricketers scored 114-8 on the concluding day as their opponents pocketed three points for first innings lead.
“Bollywood is my home. They respect me a lot because of my father. But cricket was never played in my family. I want to create my own identity. It is not that I can take the film industry for granted. It involves equal hard work as cricket,” Seemab told MiD DAY.
Seemab, like his father, is tall and hefty. But he has realised the importance of looking fit. “Fitness is very important. I have done well at the inter-collegiate and university levels. But I was never picked because of being overweight.
“I would never take it seriously before. I always thought if I have the skills and talent, I would succeed. But it is important to look good… be fit. People take you seriously then,” Seemab, who represented Rizvi College, said.
So, the 32-year-old’s immediate goal is to lose weight. “I have to get slim. I am working on it. Cricket is the best activity to get involved. I am still passionate about breaking into higher-level cricket. I need to keep performing,” he said.
Tambe is inspiration
“If Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals spinner) can get a break at 41, it is possible. I have played with Tambe and I am seeing it happen. I am equally passionate about cricket and film-making. I will give cricket another shot. You never know where destiny takes you,” he said.
Talking about his father, Seemab said: “He was the most underrated actor in Bollywood. It is sad that he is only remembered for his character as Gabbar Singh (in Sholay). His name always comes up in the best villain roles, but he is never mentioned amongst the finest actors.”