Hussain and Gooch take film parts

FORMER England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch are to appear in an Indian-made film with a cricket background due for release this week as the 2011 World Cup approaches.

The film, called Patiala House , starring Akshay Kumar, features Wasim Akram, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Hussain and Gooch to add authenticity as relationships among a Punjabi immigrant family in Southall are stretched to breaking point by a son’s England cricket ambitions.

The idea is similar to the charming 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham , set in Hounslow with Parminder Nagra as the Sikh girl defying her parents’ wishes to play football.

Other cricket films of note include Aamir Khan’s Lagaan in 2001, about a group of poor Indian villagers who take on their British colonial masters at cricket, and the much less successful Iqbal , a 2005 film about a cricket-mad boy from a remote Indian village who dreams of playing for the national side.

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