Stars set for footie fun

Ranbir Kapoor with kids from the Magic Bus Charity Foundation

Ranbir Kapoor with kids from the Magic Bus Charity Foundation

Their eyes twinkled with excitement, and the faces wore big smiles as young football enthusiasts waited to hit the field with their favourite Bollywood actor. Inspite of a bevy of mediapersons, the kids from the Magic Bus Charity Foundation were least conscious and totally engrossed in their own games till Ranbir Kapoor, dressed in navy blue t-shirt and grey tracks, made his entry.

The actor was in the city to have a fun practice session with the kids and interact with the media, regarding today’s football match. The All Stars Football club, a part of charitable trust, Playing for Humanity, spearheaded by Ranbir Kapoor and Abishek Bachchan, will play a football match with the Indian Cricket team.
Talking about his preparation for the match, the actor revealed, “We understand that we would be playing opposite sportsmen and it is going to be difficult. But we have been trying to practice as much as we can. But at the end of the day, it is all for a good cause.”
On being asked about the best players in his team, he joked, “I would like to believe it is me. But I will be a bit more modest and say Marc Robinson, Leander Paes, Dino Morea, Arjun Kapoor and Karan Wahi are really good players.”
The actor is an avid footballer and has been a part of his school team. “I love football and apart from the good cause, we also wanted to promote the game. Indian sports should not just be about cricket. I am a major fan of the game and my current favourite is Lionel Messi,” said the 30-year old.
Ranbir did a few warming up exercises and played a short football game with the kids of Magic Bus, much to their delight.
The Bollywood star was amongst the first to land up at Sanjay Dutt’s residence, after the SC verdict against him was out. The actor said, “I vouch for Sanjay Dutt completely and I genuinely feel bad that he has to pay for some of his past mistakes. He is a good human being and I stand by him in his moment of crisis.”
With his fine performances in films like Barfi and Rockstar, the actor is at the best phase in his career. Not revealing much about his upcoming films, Ranbir said, “I have very interesting projects lined up like Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani and Besharam. The roles are quite different and I hope to get positive response from the audience.”
Although playing for charity, is Ranbir looking forward to winning the match against the Indian cricket team? He replied, “Of course, we want to win! Dhoni, Virat and Raina are great players. But we are also giving our best shot. But yes, if more people turn up to watch this match, that also will be a victory for us.”

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