"Sush was, is and will always be the best," is how Wasim Akram compliments his favourite star in Bollywood. And now he will share screen space with her. The Pakistani bowler will co-host or judge the reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena on Colors with Sushmita Sen.
The show will see the pairing of a cricketer and a haseena who will burn up the dance floor. Some of stars tipped to participate on the show include Shama Sikander, Mona Singh, Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh.
This isn’t the first time Akram will make an appearance on the small screen. He is a commentator on sports channels and has hosted the cricket show Shaz and Waz — but it’s his first time on a non-sports channel.
“It was wonderful,” says Akram on working with Sush. “She’s talented, very professional… and extremely pretty. I have learned so much from her.”
The hunky bowler says he has never nursed any Bollywood aspirations: “No way. Being an actor is as tough as being a cricketer. Let the actors do the acting.”
But the former left arm fast bowler admits to being a Bollywood buff. “I’m as much as a Hindi movie buff as anyone else. The last movie I watched was Singh is Kinng, and all I did was laugh for two hours.”
It’s not only Bollywood films that he enjoys, but the dashing 6’2”-cricketer is also hooked on Indian fashion. “I really like the Indian designers,” says a brand-savvy Akram.
Akram was in the Capital to attend a DDCA camp for budding pacers. As cricketers battle doping charges, Akram — who has battled diabetes since 1997 — stands testimony to the rewards of hard work and dedication. “You need to love yourself and put in a lot of effort,” he says.
He is unhappy that the Champions Trophy has had to be called off due to the political unrest in Pakistan. “It’s sad. I understand the concern about players’ safety, but the situation is not that bad.”