Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s Bollywood dreams; shoots for TV

A flat-footed athlete, he had a career full of drama, right from the chucking allegations to bashing a fellow player with a bat; Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar was an enigma.

And now the Rawalpindi express is pacing towards showbiz – can anyone dare to halt the journey?

The Pakistani bowler is set to explore things beyond cricket.

Recently, Shoaib shot for a celebrity special episode of Indian talent reality show “Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega” with Bollywood celebrities Farah Khan and Anu Malik.

The pacer looked suave with his hair well-combed and wearing a smart beige coat teamed with a crisp shirt and a pair of blue jeans.

The new season of “Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega” will go on air May 12, but the telecast date of the episode featuring Akhtar is yet to be disclosed.

The show is based on the internationally popular format of American entertainer “30 Seconds to Fame”.

The 38-year-old former Pakistani cricketer is all game to try his luck in the entertainment industry.

In 2007, he was offered a Bollywood film, but it did not materialise.

In the past he was approached a number of times by several Bollywood filmmakers and now he is showing his interest in films.

But the fast bowler is not sure about his acting prowess and yet he is willing to test his ability.

Filmmakers in Pakistan also toyed with the idea of making a biopic but then Shoaib was involved in cricket full-time and did not want to divert his attention.

His autobiography, which was released a few months after his retirement, was rightly hyped but failed to live up to expectations.

In India, Tendulkar’s one billion-strong fan club was hardly amused when Akhtar wrote that the greatest batsman of his generation was shaking in his legs when facing the speed demon on a Faisalabad dust bowl in 2006.

Despite the rollercoaster ride, the maverick nature of the man and his flowing locks made him one of the most popular players of his generation.

Only time will tell is Akhtar can delivery such hits in showbiz as well.

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