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Swedish boy plays young Akshay Kumar in Patiala House

Published: Friday, February 4, 2011, 15:00 [IST]

Mumbai, Feb 4 (PTI) Usman Qureshi, who plays 17-year-oldAkshay Kumar in the role of an aspiring cricketer in theupcoming film "Patiala House", bears such a strikingresemblance to the Indian star that he has got the nickname"Akki Junior".

Born and brought up in Sweden, Usman has just completedhis degree in Economics. He was planning to become aninvestment banker -- till he was offered "Patiala House".

Director Nikhil Advani was hunting for a young actor toplay a 17-year-old Akshay Kumar in "Patiala House". Sourcessaid that it took him long to find the right candidate, but hezeroed in on Usman in the very first meeting.

The resemblance between Usman and the younger AkshayKumar is so prominent that the entire team was thrilled tohave him on the sets and started calling him Akki Junior.

Usman has been also signed up by modelling agencies inSweden.

Producer Bhushan Kumar said, "We were completely bowledover by the striking resemblance between Akshay and Usman.

And after the screen test, we knew without a doubt that we hadfound our young Akshay. Usman has done a great job."

Akshay Kumar was equally surprised and excited seeing theresemblance, sources added. Both have a scar on the eyebrow,and Akshay too thinks that at 17, he looked the same way. PTIMR KRK

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