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Paes-ing towards Bollywood?

After tennis, is champ Leander Paes planning to try his hand at films?

entertainment Updated: Feb 03, 2010 01:24 IST

Last week, he levelled Mahesh Bhupathi’s record of 11 Grand Slam titles with an Australian Open mixed doubles win. Now some sections of the media report that Indian tennis ace Leander Paes is planning to a foray in Hindi films.

“Paes has decided to take up a full-time career in Hindi films after he quits tennis. To start with, he has an offer to play the hero in a movie,” Bengal Tennis Association secretary Hiranmoy Chatterjee said. “Paes will be in Kolkata in March for the shoot,” he added. Another Paes confidante and BTA official Sujoy Ghosh too confirmed his Bollywood foray.

However, Paes told HT City, “Over the past 14 years, I have had several film offers. Right now, tennis is the priority and I’ve no offer that’s enticing enough. I haven’t shot for anything, though cinema does interest me greatly.” Paes, however, confirmed that he had attended Anupam Kher’s acting classes and that the latter had told him that he had the goods to make it big in films.