A CHEAM businessman felt like he was “in a scene from Heat” when he had an intimate dinner with movie megastar Al Pacino.

Deepak Kuntawala’s company DVK financed An Evening with Al Pacino at the London Palladium on Sunday (June 2) and headed out to dinner with the star after the show.

He said: “We were in a restaurant in Knightsbridge and I was giving a speech. There were four or five tables and Al Pacino was on the table next to me. It was like a scene from Heat. I could not believe it.”

He added: “I’m into gangster films like Goodfellas, The Godfather, Scarface and Heat, and of course it is Al Pacino.

“I must have watched some of his films 25 times or more.”

Father-of-one Mr Kuntawala has lived in Cheam for 28 years, since he was 10.

He said: “If you see me on a Saturday, I am in tracksuit bottoms with a mountain bike and a kid on the back, stopping at the shop to buy an ice lolly.

“Once I am in the city, it is a totally different life.”

As the chief executive of a finance company, he said he comes into contact with lots of people, which led him to meet promoter Rocco Buonvino two months ago.

Mr Buonvino wanted to work on Mr Pacino’s next film and DVK provided the finance. That, in turn, led to the actor’s appearance in London on Sunday and the setting up by DVK of a Film and Entertainment Fund.

And that is just the start- executives behind the Rocky movies and Raging Bull recently flew over to discuss projects with Mr Kuntawala which included big names like Jessica Biel and Salma Hayek.

In the pipeline, Mr Kuntawala said, are also financing deals for a George Clooney movie, Formula One, Wimbledon and Ascot.

He said: “It has all happened very quickly really. It is great, I love it. It has been a great experience.”