Packard, who died in 2012, acted in around 60 Bollywood films as well as Malayalam film industry. He was a national and state award-winning bodybuilder and trained Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Shera, Salman Khan’s bodyguard.
Seated on a windowsill wearing a black jacket, matching jeans and shades, you could easily mistake the actor of Irish descent in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak (1991) as Sylvester Stallone from Cobra (1986). The man here is Gavin Packard, who played the villain, Maharani’s (played by late Sadashiv Amrapurkar) right hand man. During Sadak, you are waiting for his face-off with the movie’s hero, Sanjay Dutt. And then it happens. Sensing her mortality as Sanjay closes in on her, Maharani summons Gavin’s character, saying, “Aye side hero, dekh tera baap aaya hai. Isi din ke liyei tere ko paala posa tha. Aaja.”Gavin goes shirtless, and you see his spectacularly chiseled body, so much better than the almost Coke bottle like identical bodies you see everyone in Bollywood sporting nowadays. He and Sanjay have their final encounter in a water-filled godown that appears from nowhere, ‘inspired’ – of course – by a fight scene from the Van Damme movie Cyborg (1989). But why the sudden nostalgia? Well, Mahesh Bhatt had recently announced that he would be returning to the director’s chair with Sadak 2, slated for a 2020 release, which shall star Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Alia Bhatt.
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