London: In his latest movie ‘Patiala House’, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is playing the role of a British Sikh corner-shop worker from Southall who is also a talented pace bowler and dreams of playing for England.
Shooting of the film is taking place at the Oval, Lord’s and Trent Bridge, as well as Southall, after several months’ shooting in India, where the Broadway in Southall has been re-created in a Mumbai studio.
David Gower makes his Bollywood debut in the film, which also features cameos from three former England captains: Graham Gooch, John Emburey and Nasser Hussain.
Hard Kaur, the British Indian rapper who emigrated from India in 1991, also plays a cameo role as the sister of Akshay’s character, as well as providing two songs for the film.
Akshay has been learning how to bowl at pace with Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in England in 1983.
The Bollywood star has also been training with Paras Mhambrey, a former Indian Test cricketer who is a bowling coach with the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League.
“They don’t believe on set when I say I’ve only been practising for a couple of months. They think I’ve been bowling for India on the sly for years or something, bless ’em,” The Times quoted Akshay as saying.
“I’ve shot quite a lot of movies in London now, so I’m used to how everyone works here now. The English technicians are so nice and easy to get on with. I love their humour and they all seem to be called Dave,” he added.
The film is due out in November.