"I received quite a few Bollywood offers after my performance in 'Sivaji', but nothing excited me as much as 'Gabbar'. When I came to know that Akshay Kumar had referred my name to the director, I was really touched and extremely happy. I would like to thank him for the opportunity," Suman told reporters.

"Gabbar", which is being directed by Krrish, is the Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster "Ramanna". Akshay plays the lead in the film that also stars Shruti Haasan and Kareena Kapoor.

Suman has high hopes from "Gabbar".

"It's not every day that you get opportunities to work in Bollywood. I hope 'Gabbar' helps me make a mark in the industry. I expect it to be a turning point in my career," he added.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is producing "Gabbar", which went on floors recently.

With over three decades of experience in the industry, 54-year-old Suman is known for southern films such as "Annamayya", "Kuruvi" and "Bindaas".


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