Shoaib Akhtar – ‘the vulnerability of a child’Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has turned down the chance of becoming a Bollywood star.
He says he has rejected a gangster role offered to him by Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt.
“I have no intention to work in a film whether the offer comes from Mumbai (Bombay) or Lahore,” Akhtar told the BBC Urdu website.
“Cricket is not only my profession but my obsession as well,” he said. Mr Bhatt says Akhtar is star material.
But Akhtar told the BBC that he had only learned about Mr Bhatt’s offer from the newspapers and was not impressed by that.
Former Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan acted in a Bhatt film in 1987.
Mr Bhatt and his director, Anurag Bose, said earlier this month that Akhtar had a lot of raw emotion, animal magnetism and “the vulnerability of a child” – qualities that would stand him in good stead for the role of a gangster.

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