Bollywood star talks up Canada tourism

Akshay Kumar serving as tourism ambassador to India

TORONTO -- Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has a new gig: promoting Canada as a tourist destination back home in India.

Kumar, a torch bearer at the recent 2010 winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, has been roped in by Ottawa to serve as its new tourism ambassador to India.

No word on whether the Indian film and pop star will wear an iconic Mounties uniform or cuddle a furry beaver for his new gig, but Kumar will shill for the Canadian Tourism Commission, which recently opened a promotional office in Mumbai.

Kumar in May also received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Windsor last May, while filming Anees Bazmee's "Thank You" feature in Vancouver and Toronto.

And he returned in September to promote the action-comedy "Singh Is Kinng" as it received red carpet treatment at the Toronto International Film Festival.

During a festival presser, Kumar recalled bringing his father to Toronto for cancer treatment, before returning to help raise money for the city's Trillium Hospital.