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Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan have a ball in Dubai

Indian actor and the captain of a celebrity football team Abhishek Bachchan was on a roll in Dubai this weekend as he scored multiple goals with the local press with his wit, charm, and effortless banter.

Bachchan along with a string of Bollywood A-listers such as Ranbir Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan who are a part of the All Stars Football Club (ASFC) — an 11-member celebrity-studded football team — that was in Dubai for a charity football match against Emirates United, a team of ex-football players on May 

Abhishek Bachan, Ranbir Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan during the press conference of Celebrity Football Cup at Palazzo Versace Dubai at Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai . 7th May 2022 Photo: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

“It’s wonderful to get this opportunity to play for humanity. It takes a lot for all these actors and directors from our film industry to take time out every Sunday for this sport. We are honoured to be representing our film industry here,” said Bachchan at a press conference.

He also joked that his excitement faded a tad bit when he saw the fit-and-sturdy opposition team. “We are very excited, but slightly less excited after seeing the opposition team. We promise to give it our best on the field and if we are losing, we will just start dancing on the field,” said Bachchan.

But he added that his team filled with actors — whose faces are their fortunes — were committed to playing some fierce football. “We take it very seriously! These boys practice a lot in Mumbai every Sunday for over three hours. We’re not natural athletes. We belong to the set who believe that it doesn’t matter how good you do something, what matters is how good you look doing it. So, we try our best to get our hair and make-up right! Jokes apart, it’s an honour to play with a squad of ex-professional footballers,” said Bachchan.

The stars also spoke about how football as a sport taught them vital life lessons. Kapoor, who recently got married to actress Alia Bhatt in an intimate ceremony, claimed that football gave him much-needed confidence when he was growing up.


“When I was in school, I was never good at studies. And football was the first thing I tried as a kid, and it gave me huge confidence. It taught me about team spirit, discipline, and hard work … If and when I have children, sports is something I will encourage and instill,” said Kapoor.

For Bachchan, sports taught him a thing or two about dealing with failures.


“A team sport is a fantastic teacher about life lessons. It teaches you to never give up … It teaches you about the spirit of fraternity. It teaches you about teamwork and most importantly about sportsmanship spirit,” said Bachchan.

The two stars also joked that they will be dancing to the hook step of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ song, an upcoming film starring Aryan as a show of solidarity from his peers.

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