TN BJP Leader K Annamalai Plays A Coach in A Kannada Film!

The Kannada film Arabbie features Paralympic swimmer Vishwas K S in the lead with Tamil Nadu State BJP President Annamalai playing a cameo in it...
BJP Leader Annamalai In A Still From The Kannada Film Arabbie

Annamalai In A Still From Arabbie

Former IPS officer-turned-politician and BJP’s State President in Tamil Nadu, K Annamalai, will be seen playing a cameo in the Kannada movie Arabbie.
The makers of the film, who have released the trailer of Arabbie, announced that they plan to release the film in summer, post the Lok Sabha elections.
The movie showcases the life of Vishwas K S, who despite losing both his hands at the age of 10, went on to achieve great laurels as a Paralympic swimmer. Needless to say, Vishwas has won several awards.
Though not a biopic, Vishwas himself plays the protagonist’s role in the film. He plays a man, who, despite losing both his hands, goes on to achieve great feats as a Paralympic swimmer. The makers believe the film will be an inspiration to many in society.

Annamalai’s Role:

Arabbie director Rajkumar revealed that since the film is about a unique achiever, who is an inspiration to many like him, he approached Annamalai, another real-life achiever, to play a cameo as a coach to Vishwas K S in the film.
“Annamalai sir had met Vishwas at an event in Mangaluru and when we approached him for the same, he agreed to play the role. This was when he had resigned as an IPS officer,” the director said, adding that he had to wait for another year for Annamalai as he got busy in politics.
“Annamalai sir was so busy that he gave us one-and-a-half days, in which he entirely shot a song and all his sequences. He has such great memory power that he remembered every line, which made it easy to wrap it up in time.”

Paralympic swimmer

Vishwas K S shared that he could swim and dance but never thought of acting. “It was the director's persistent efforts and confidence in me that made me finally play my role in the film. It's not a biopic but it answers a lot of questions about my life's journey. We have often seen differently abled people being featured in films for various other reasons but it is for the first time, that a differently abled plays the main lead in the film,” he explains.

Woman entrepreneur

Apart from Annamalai, even a successful woman entrepreneur plays another cameo role. Shilpa, who runs a food truck using which she sells North Karnataka delicacies in Mangaluru, has a role in ‘Arabbie’ too. Shilpa is known to most people as the lady who impressed Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra. In fact, Anand Mahindra's tweet about Shilpa’s efforts on X went viral in 2018 and the industrialist had offered her a brand new Bolero for her cause.
-- By Shashiprasad SM
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