Packard, who passed away in 2012, appeared in almost 60 Malayalam and Bollywood movies. He taught Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, and Shera, a national and state award-winning bodybuilder.
You could confuse the actor of Irish heritage in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak (1991), who is seated on a ledge wearing a black jacket, matching pants, and sunglasses, for Sylvester Stallone from Cobra (1986). Gavin Packard played the villain’s right-hand man, Maharani, who was played by the late Sadashiv Amrapurkar.
You watch Sadak in anticipation of his confrontation with Sanjay Dutt, the film’s protagonist. And then it takes place. As Sanjay approaches her, Maharani senses her impending death and summons Gavin’s persona, stating, “Aye side hero, dekh tera baap aaya hai. Isi din ke liyei tere ko paala posa tha. Aaja.”
When Gavin removes his shirt, you can see his impressively sculpted figure, which is so much superior than the nearly similar bodies that everyone in Bollywood these days has. He and Sanjay had their last confrontation in an unexpectedly water-filled godown, which was “inspired” by a battle sequence from the Van Damme film Cyborg (1989).
Nevertheless, why the sudden nostalgia? Sadak 2 is scheduled for release in 2020 and will feature Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Alia Bhatt, according to a recent announcement by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
In the original Sadak, which was about a cab driver attempting to save the girl he loves from a brothel, Pooja and Sanjay played the key roles. Who will reprise the legendary roles of the Maharani and her henchman, which were respectively played by Gavin, remains to be seen.