Mahesh Bhatt confident of convincing Shoaib

Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Top Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has not given up hope of signing Pakistan star pacer Shoaib Akhtar for his new film-Gangster notwithstanding bowler's public rejection of the offer.

Bhatt was quoted as saying in Mumbai-based daily Mid-Day that he would hear the final word from Shoaib when he meets him in Pakistan on May 21 and wouldn't like to believe what is being written in the media.

"I will not take anybody's word because I am going to talk to the man himself. I will only listen to Shoaib Akhtar. I would like to convince him to act," Bhatt said.

Bhatt whose visit is to Pakistan is primarily for a meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at a function organised by Aaj TV in Karachi said he would try his best to cajole the fast bowler.

"I will try and see if Shoaib can meet me in Karachi. Else, I don't mind flying down to wherever he is to meet him. If all our needs tally, we will be able to take it forward," Mid-Day quoted.

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