After English cricketer Kevin Pietersen was given tips on playing the reverse sweep by fruit vendors for the forthcoming World Cup, it is now Indian blaster Virender Sehwag’s turn to master the ‘upper cut’. But this time around, it is actor Ranbir Kapoor who is giving tips to the ace batsman in a cola commercial. And not surprisingly, the actor is doing so with the help of Bollywood dance moves. The new commercial, timed with the start of the World Cup, which commences on February 19, features the Nawab of Najafgarh, as the batsman is popularly known, dancing to the young star’s tunes and learning the ‘upper cut’, which is his signature stroke in the game.
In keeping with the theme ‘change the game’, Kapoor shows Sehwag how to move gracefully with the right expressions. “Thoda grace se hila.. kamar bhi hila.. shakal pe expression la.. Upar se aane ka, niche dabane ka, peechhe uthaneka, haan,” instructs the actor in the ad. It is learnt that while shooting the ad, the batsman overcame his initial shyness quickly and got into the groove, following his co-star’s instructions to the T. Recalling his dancing lessons with Kapoor, Sehwag enthuses, “I think Ranbir is a very good actor and I enjoyed working with him. Thanks to him I learnt how to dance for the new Pepsi campaign.”