One would have thought Bollywood stars would come out in full force at the Wankhede Stadium Saturday, but actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan seem to be the only top stars who will be cheering the Men in Blue.
Shooting schedules will keep big names like Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu away from the field where India and Sri Lanka will play the World Cup final. Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar are planning to watch the game on TV at home.
Aamir, who attended the exciting semifinal at Mohali with his wife Kiran Rao, has requested his director Reema Kagti to give him a weekly off from the shooting Saturday, instead of on April 4.
“Aamir plans to wear the same clothes that he wore for the semi-finals as he is superstitious about these things while watching cricket,” Aamir’s publicist told IANS.
Shah Rukh, a cricket enthusiast and the owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), chose to stay at home for the semifinal, and watched it with a host of other Bollywood celebrities. But missing the match in Mumbai was out of question, and he will head to the stadium with his children – Aryan, 14, and Suhana, 11.
Soon after India’s victory over Pakistan in the semifinal at Mohali, Khan told reporters: “We will win the final also. I have bought an extra T-Shirt for that… so I have to go there and watch the finals Inshallah! The kids want to go and see.”
Actress Lara Dutta will add her share of glamour too at the stadium even if her husband, ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, will be busy playing in the finals of Miami Masters tennis tournament in Florida, US.
“Bumper Bonanza Saturday!! Husband in the Miami Open Finals!:-) , will be cheering our Boys in Blue at the stadium!! Praying 4 a double win!!,” Lara posted on her Twitter page.
As for Salman, he says he is not a cricket freak, but might end up at the stadium to enjoy the frenzy at the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.
“I plan to watch the final from home. But I might also land up at the Wankhede Stadium if I am in the mood,” he said.
Abhishek, who had said he doesn’t watch the match as he is superstitious about it, plans to catch the action on television.
“It will be good watching the match from my home rather than the stadium. I will be more comfortable,” said Abhishek.
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar too would follow suit.
“It will be a good idea to watch the match from the comfort of my home. I will surely have a few friends come over and we will enjoy together,” he said.