Blind businessman stars as Bollywood film hero

Actors Salman Khan (R) and Naseer Khan pose during a ceremony launching the music for the movie "Shadow" in Mumbai July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Manav Manglani

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) - A blind Indian businessman is playing the role of a gunman who fights tigers and jumps off burning cars in a new Bollywood film to be released in August.

Naseer Khan, the 36-year-old hero of the film “Shadow”, lost his sight when he was in school. Unlike in real life, Khan can see everything in the film, an idea that struck him during a visit to a film shooting a few years ago.

He invested $5.3 million from his own pocket to make the film, a thriller about a gunman sought by police after a series of killings.

“I am making this film, if for nothing else, than to show that I can do everything that anyone else can,” Khan, who has a leather goods business, told Reuters in Mumbai.