Akshay Kumar is taking his ace-bowler’s role in a forthcoming film Patiala House dead seriously. Ever since he returned from his back-therapy in Germany, Akshay has been training rigorously under former cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Currently Balwinder is associated with the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Akshay wants to continue training steadily and regularly so that his bowling skills are super-sharpened by the time he starts shooting.
Says the Patiala House director Nikhil Advani, “Akshay has been training diligently and religiously. His coach Balwinder Sandhu even joined him at Malshej Ghat for Farah’s film. Because right after that our cricket sequences start in London.”
Advani’s British sports co-ordinator Robert Miller who co-ordinated the hockey and cricket scenes in Chak De and Dil Bole Hadippa, respectively, is down in Mumbai right now finalizing the list of international cricketers who will play with Akshay Kumar in Patiala House.
Explains Advani, “We’re looking at international cricketers from all over the world…England, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh…The fact that the IPL matches are on makes our job easier because Robert can meet and negotiate with a lot of international cricketers while they are here.”
The film also requires county-level and regional cricketers whom Miller will finalize once the big-name cricketers are finalized.
Says Advani, “I basically need the cricketers from May 25 to June 5 for the various games that we’ll be shooting in England. So we can work our schedules according to the cricketers’ date diaries.”
This, admits Advani, is easier said than done. “I’ve a real uphill task ahead. And I’ve stopped sleeping with anxiety. But I’ve one expert cricketer on my team already. My leading man Akshay Kumar. You’ve to see how well he bowls now.”