Nowadays not even the lure of getting an award can get major stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar to come under the same roof. But there was a time when they weren’t so busy in their lives and used to come together for Holi parties and football matches. Ah, those were the good ol' days when award shows were actual award shows and not gimmicky PR machinery. So, in this flashback story, let’s go back to one such day when some of our favourite movie stars came down to the football field to play a game against, none other than some of our fave cricketers.
This match was held in 1999 as a charity exhibition match to raise funds for the families of all the martyred soldiers of the Kargil War. It was held at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The Bollywood team had Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt (and I think, Salman too…though I didn’t see him in the video), Govinda, Mithun Chakraborty, Sharad Kapoor, Dino Morea etc. The opposite team consisted of Indian cricketers of that era, with Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammed Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu (thankfully not laughing at silly jokes for a change), Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh etc. The match was a packed affair, as people got to see their fave stars from both Bollywood and cricket – together at the price of one.
However, the match was a completely one-sided affair with the Indian cricket team defeating Bollywood stars with a score of 6-2. The top-scorer was Sachin Tendulkar himself who made the maximum goals, showing the world that his footballing skills are just as admirable as his cricketing one. Venkatesh Prasad scored two goals for the team as well.
For Bollywood, it was Akshaye Khanna, whose live-wire and enthusiastic on-field display showed his commitment towards the game. He also got one goal under his belt. The second goal for Bollywood was scored by Shah Rukh Khan himself, though by then it was too late for the movie stars.
Here's an old video of the match, that had been posted on YouTube by an Akshay Kumar fan...
We do wonder if we can have a repeat of such a match with the cricket team being led by Virat Kohli and the Bollywood team led by say, a Ranveer Singh!
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