The stars of Anees Bazmee's Thank You - Suniel Shetty, Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar and Irrfan Khan - had the tennis courts of their hotel in Vancouver emptied out every evening. It was only to play some competitive cricket.
Confirms Sunil Shetty, "We'd start shooting at 8 am all through 8 pm. We are all cricket-crazy fans. We'd empty out the tennis court at our Hotel after taking due permissions and play there at night."
Irrfan and Bobby emerged cricketing stars, adds the actor. "While Bobby and Akki are all-rounders, Irrfan is a good batsman. Bobby was our strike bowler. In fact, he is so good that he could easily play for the T20 cricket series. We might have won then!"
While Anees Bazmee remained captain of one team, Akshay, Suniel and the rest would rotate captaincy. Suniel says, "Anees and I are big fighters and love to fight so we used to get very aggressive during the games. I would often be called a cheater and would get into arguments everyday! When Anil Kapoor joined us later on, he'd play too. It was like one big family and it was like going down memory lane."
Sunil gets iced
The weather was so cold at Vancouver that Suniel Shetty's lips got frozen. Suniel says, "We were shooting near the lake and there was wind chill. For two hours, I couldn't speak. The temperature was less than two degrees celsius. Everyone had a hearty laugh at my expense that day! I am a Mangalorean and Mumbaikar so I wasn't expecting so much cold. We thought it would be spring there."