World Cup mania hits Bollywood brigade

July 8, 2010

Football fever is taking over the world and Bollywood’s glamorous brigade hasn’t been left untouched.

Football World CupFilm stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Imran Khan and Lara Dutta are either headed to or are already in South Africa to catch a glimpse of football heaven.

While Shah Rukh and Dutta watched the semifinals, actor Imran Khan, fresh from promoting his movie “I Hate Luv Storys” will be leaving India soon to watch the finals.

“I am not a huge fan of football but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch the FIFA finals,” Khan told Reuters.

But he is sure to find some familiar faces there. Shah Rukh Khan is currently in South Africa with family and friends as is former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

“(I) am so excited that will be showing my kids the world cup…hope they remember it like I do seeing it on TV with my mom,” Khan wrote on his Twitter account.

Those not in South Africa catching the live action are content to do it at home. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham are catching all the action from Mumbai, as is the Bachchan family.

Amitabh Bachchan replied in the negative when asked if his family would be heading to South Africa to watch the final between Spain and Holland, but from his blog and tweets, it seems the 67-year-old veteran is as much a part of the action sitting in India.

While cricket and Bollywood have been intrinsically linked, football fever is fairly new to the film industry. Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham are a few exceptions in an industry that prefers its cricketers to its footballers.

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