I'm interested in Bollywood, but don't think I can act: Shoaib Akhtar

  • Anirban Das, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2014 14:44 IST

Shoaib Akhtar, once regarded as one the fastest bowlers in world cricket, is set to explore things beyond cricket. The 38-year-old former Pakistani cricketer gets chatty about life after the game.

In 2007, you were offered a Bollywood film, but it did not materialise. Any plans of an acting debut in India?
I have been approached a number of times by several Bollywood filmmakers to act in their films. I am interested in Bollywood films, but I don’t think I can act. But, you never know what life has in store.

Are you open to the idea of a film on your life being made by a Bollywood filmmaker?
When I was playing for Pakistan, someone showed interest in making a biopic. But I was really involved in cricket then and did not want to divert my attention. Now, it is up to them to decide.

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Are you open to hosting television shows in India?
Sports is my first love and if I can contribute to it through an Indian TV series, I would be open to it. I am a commentator on TV, so I have that experience as well.

It was reported that you were supposed to be a part of Salman Khan’s show but it fell through. What went wrong?
There is no truth to that. I was never approached by Salman Khan nor by the team of the show. If anything of that sort would have happened, I would have spoken about it openly.

Would you marry an Indian woman?
Why not? You never know when and where you might find your soulmate.

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