Hollywood legend Al Pacino, known for his gangster roles in The Godfather series, is impressed with actor Akshay Kumar’s work. Recently, when the American star and his business partner Barry Navidi were discussing gangster films, Pacino saw the trailer of Milan Luthria’s next, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara (OUATIMD), in which Akshay plays a dreadful yet stylish villain.
“Pacino and Barry were talking about the changing scenario of gangster films when Barry mentioned Bollywood’s OUATIMD. Pacino has seen its theatrical trailer, and was extremely impressed,” says a source close to the film’s team.
Navidi called Akshay, who was then holidaying in New York, and communicated Al Pacino reaction: “The promo of the Indian gangster film brought some fond memories back from my Godfather days.”
We couldn’t, however, independently verify this statement with Pacino or his officials.
Akshay is thrilled to have been appreciated for his work by the Hollywood superstar. “A touch of appreciation is always held dearly in an actor’s heart, even if it’s from the simplest of people like our dear spot boys. But to have your work spoken of so kindly by the world’s most admired gangster Al Pacino himself - I had goosebumps thinking about him watching the promo! I was humbled, not only as an actor but as a fan of his legendary work. I pray he enjoys the final piece as much as he enjoyed the promo,” says the actor.