Thursday, October 19, 2006

Mera naam hai Bond

The Hindi movie world sure has a soft spot for genuine fast bowlers. Brett Lee is a big favourite with the Indian film Industry (led by Amitabh Bachchan) and so is his old competitor at 100 mph stakes, Shoaib Akhtar.

Methinks Shane Bond's in the same league and, being creakier in fitness than either, may need an alternative career earlier than both. Why he even has a couple of advantages in the tinsel world over his two rivals: he is an ex-policeman like the inimitable Hindi movie star Raaj Kumar, and - surely I did not need to say this - the name is Bond!

Is there nobody in that New Zealand side to drill some common sense into him? Now I get the real background of their unglamorous tag. What's he doing in this country if not knocking at Mumbai's big production houses exploring on-screen assignments for his future career?
Perhaps it is a case of once bitten twice shy; Bond may be fearing more injuries in his new career from those high-risk 'main tera khoon pi jaunga' action scenes. People like Subhash Ghai could come forward and help alleviate his dillemma. The New Zealand paceman could change his mind with a few words of assurance that he will get doubles for his thrills and the dodgy back and leg face no real threat from this new career - other than (ambush clause) the mandatory dances choreographed by Ganesh Acharya for chartbusting Himesh tunes.

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