Former Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh are all set to make their big-screen debut in Tamil cinema. While Irfan will be seen portraying the role of a Tamil superstar Vikram, Harbhajan will be seen essaying the prominent role in a Santhanam film titled Dikkiloona.

Irfan Pathan’s debut film is tentatively titled Vikram 58. The film is helmed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, who is known for films like Imaikka Nodigal and Demonte Colony.

On Monday, the film’s director Gnanamuthu took to his official Twitter handle to share the news of his upcoming movie featuring Irfan Pathan.

He posted a picture of himself along with Irfan. He captioned the picture, “Welcome on board @IrfanPathan. Can’t wait to unleash your new avatar to the audience!! Time for some solid action! (sic).”

The producers of the film tweeted confirmation that Irfan was on board. “Proud and honoured to introduce @IrfanPathan in #ChiyaanVikram58 in a super stylish action avatar!! Welcome on Board sir and wish you a sensational debut,” read a tweet by co-producers Seven Screen Studio. Vikram is known as Chiyaan to his fans.

AR Rahman has scored music for Vikram 58. Filming of the project will begin soon and will be done across various parts of India. Sivakumar Vijayan is helming the film’s camera work, IANS reported.

Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh also took to his official Twitter handle to share the news. He posted a video featuring Irfan Pathan and captioned it, “#BreakingNews: Wellknown cricketer Irfan Pathan to make his acting debut… Will essay a key role in #ChiyaanVikram’s forthcoming #Tamil film [not titled yet]… Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu… Produced by Lalith Kumar’s Seven Screen Studio. #ChiyaanVikram58 (sic).”

On the other hand, Harbhajan’s debut Tamil performance happens in Dikkiloona, which stars Santhanam and is directed by Karthik Yogi. the film is produced by KJR Studios in association with Soldiers Factory.

Incidentally, both Irfan and Harbhajan have a Chennai connect, having played for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings.