To watch cricket or bollywood movies are the most favorite leisure activities in India and a number of cricketers have tried their luck in the bollywood movies. Shoaib Akhtar, the `Rawalpindi Express`, is the new addition in the list. His ability to bowl superfast yorkers, well-disguised slower deliveries, swinging deliveries and sharp bouncers made Shoaib Akhtar lethal even on dead pitch.
Born at Morgah, a small town near Rawalpindi, Shoaib started his impressive performances in 1999 in a pre-World Cup series against India. It was followed by magnificent bowling displays in Sharjah and later in 1999 Cricket World Cup.
Shoaib`s memorable performance came in India in 1999 when, as a newcomer to the Pakistan squad, he took eight wickets in the Asian Test championship match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. It was Shoaib`s first encounter with the `little don` Sachin Tendulkar in which Shoaib bowled him for the first ball he delivered to Sachin.
In 2005, Shoaib regained his reputation as a main bowler for his side. Playing in a three-Test home series against England, he performed quite brilliantly on lifeless pitches and it was also acknowledged by the English captain Michael Vaughan. He commented, "I thought he was a big difference between the two teams".
Shoaib has got an offer from bollywood to act, and is considering the proposal. He told to the media persons, "I have a piece of news for you. I have got an offer from Bollywood". Akhtar also said the producer and director would meet him with the script during the 3rd Test (December 8-12) against India in Bangalore, "I will decide whether to work with them once I listen to the script," said the Pakistan fast bowler".
`Main Aur Meri Himmat` is the name of the movie. It would be an outright comedy. Further information states that director Sanghamitra Chaudhary is the one who came up with the offer for Shoaib.
Sanghamitra says that the movie will focus more on Shoaib as a person rather than a cricketer. Most of the scenes of the movie will be shot in Punjab, Lahore and Lucknow and the director is trying to rope in more characters from both the Indian and Pakistan teams for the movie. The female leads are yet to be decided, but there are strong possibilities of Hansika Motwani or Deepika Padukone being cast. The main story is said to centers around a Pakistani cricket player who falls for an Indian girl. Amidst much drama and hype, everything gets settled and thus leading to a happy ending. The amount that Shoaib will be paid for the movie still remains unresolved. According to the sources it was heard that he had demanded rupees 8 crores to do the movie.
Some time back, it was heard that Mahesh Bhatt had offered the title role to Shoaib for his home production `Gangster`. But things didn`t fall in place at that time and the role was ultimately played by Shiney Ahuja. Shoaib informed that he had watched the two recent Bollywood releases - Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s `Saawariya` and the Shah Rukh Khan starrer `Om Shanti Om`. However, Shoaib is all set to enter bollywood with as much force as he exerts on the field!
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