10-03-2008, 07:25 PM
Wasim Akram says no to Bollywood
Mumbai, October 3: Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram says acting is a different ball game and feels it will be difficult for him to make it to Bollywood despite his glamour status. “Acting is a difficult profession. I have seen cricketers making debut in films and then doing the vanishing act. I will be truthful that I can’t do it,” Akram told reporters in Mumbai.
The all-rounder said he was enjoying his stint as a judge of reality dance show ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’ on Colours television channel and was open to offers in television provided no acting is involved.
Akram said he had no issues about cricket becoming glamorous. “If the performances of cricketers are not affected, why not,” he asked.
“If the boys have a holiday for a month and they have a good time having fun dancing for ten days, what is the harm? Dancing also helps one remain fit,” Akram said.
Fans back home in Pakistan have watched the promos of the show and are eager to see it. “I would love to watch Shoaib Akthar on the dance floor in one of such shows. He is made for it,” he said.
Akram said of the cricketer participants, Harbhajan Singh is a friend.
“I have played against Vinod Kambli. He is used to say no to good things,” he said when asked about Kambli objecting to his decision opposing Irfan Pathan taking the dance floor as part of the challenge posed by fellow participants Nikhil Chopra and Barkha Bisht in the first episode.
Pathan is nursing a minor ankle injury.
Akram said he accepted the dance show because it gave him a chance to interact with the present cricketers from India on a different platform.
“All of them have worked hard and actually practiced for 10 hours. If they showed so much dedication for cricket, they would be benefited,” he said in a lighter vein.
Akram said it requires nerves of steel for cricketers to venture into different terrain like reality dance show. “My job is to judge how they handle the pressure,” he added.
Replying to questions, the ace cricketer said he did not know what is future in television was. “Earlier, I was part of the cricket reality show on television called ‘Harsha ki Khoj’ on ESPN. But that was my domain,” he added.
He said his co-judge Sushmita Sen was a thorough professional and down to earth person.
Akram also lauded the female participants of the show saying they were a talented lot and helped the cricketers with the dance steps.
Speaking about the latest Bollywood films, he said “Singh is Kinng”, “Jaane Tu...”, “Rock On!!”, “A Wednesday” were his favourites.