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Anirban Das, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 14, 2013
Lucky are those who get to mix work and pleasure and Akshay Kumar is one such person. The actor, who is holidaying in New York currently, will take a day’s break and   Birmingham, UK, to watch the India-Pakistan match on June 15, to promote his upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.


While Akshay is known to be an ardent cricket lover, his character Shoaib, in Once Upon… is a powerful don who wields the power to influence cricket matches. It is not a mere coincidence that the match shown in the film is also an India-Pakistan game. Confirming the news, Tanuj Garg, CEO-Balaji Motion Pictures, says, “As a company known for pushing the envelope on marketing, we will have our Shoaib attending the India-Pakistan match at Edgbaston. Cricket is a perfect fit with his character in the film, as seen in the first trailer.”

The actor is also keen to watch the match. “Akshay is a cricket lover, and he has been a thorough professional to take a day out from his family trip to promote the film. It was not pre-planned; this appearance was decided at the last moment,” says a source close to the actor.

The film, set in the ’80s, and directed by Milan Luthria, will see the actor essay the role of a cricket-loving gangster. The makers, keeping the essence of the film and Akshay’s role in mind, thought it was a great idea to promote the film during the match.