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Brett Lee declines acting offers from India

The Aussie pacer has received many acting offers but cannot accept any of them owing to time constraints.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 21:53 IST

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has received a dozen offers for acting in Indian films but was unlikely to accept any of them owing to time constraints.

Lee's song with Asha Bhosle for the album 'Asha and friends' has reached number four in Indian music charts in the first week of its release itself.

"I have about a dozen offers for roles in Bollywood movies. I would love to get involved, but it is difficult because you need 50 or so days to shoot them," he told The Times on Wednesday.

Lee, however, said he would devote time to write songs for Indian listeners after the World Cup in the West Indies.

"I plan to record an album after the World Cup. I am hoping to write songs that appeal to Indians," he said.

Lee, who plays guitar when he is not concentrating on his cricket, wrote the lyrics for his song with Asha in just 30 minutes when he was in India during the ICC Champions Trophy in October-November last year.

They recorded the track at a studio in Mohali and then hired a hotel room in Mumbai to film the video in which he plays guitar and sings in both English and Hindi.

"We had talked about it for a while, but in the end it happened really quickly," said Lee.

"Asha is the Aretha Franklin of India, so it was amazing to work with her and it is just as amazing to hear the record," he said.

"I don't know how many people have listened to the song. As India has more than a billion people, I guess it is quite a few," he said.

Lee is a keen musician who always takes his guitar on tour and used to play in a rock group called 'Six And Out' with fellow members of the New South Wales side, including his brother Shane.

He has also played - though not recorded - with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who is an enthusiastic karaoke singer and sang 'Rocket Man' with Sir Elton John at a charity event in London last year.

According to the report, after the Ashes were clinched by Australia in Perth last month, Lee was seen on stage in a bar popular with backpackers, strumming his guitar for a few songs, accompanied by a backing band that featured Alan Mullally, the former England seam bowler.

First Published: Jan 10, 2007 21:53 IST