Shah Rukh Khan has booked his ticket to the soccer World Cup in South Africa. And he’s not alone. As football fever grips India, Bollywood stars are keen on taking off to South Africa to witness the sporting extravaganza. Expected to join SRK there are actors John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea.
Declaring his plans on Twitter, Khan posted, “Taking kids for the matches in S Africa.” Abraham, too, tweeted, “I’m going to be at the final if I don’t have prior commitments.” His girlfriend Bipasha Basu says, “If everything falls into place, I may attend the semi finals or finals.”
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog, “My home enthusiasts… well just one… Mr Abhishek Bachchan has expressed his absolute desire to be there for the final.”
Back home, celebs are also picking their favourites, with most — including Kareena Kapoor, Celina Jaitly and Sharman Joshi — backing Brazil.
The mega event has musicians crooning, too. While Kailash Kher has recorded a song for an album associated with the FIFA World Cup, singer Bappi Lahiri has also unofficially released a song for FIFA, titled Football Fever.
Among international performers at the opening ceremony, Shakira will perform the World Cup song, Waka Waka. Other acts expected to join her include Alicia Keys and the Black Eyed Peas.
FIFA’s a family affair
Honeymooners and families in the Capital are also making a most of the occasion, combining FIFA with sightseeing. “We’ve had queries from sports fans, families and honeymooners alike, with football fans turning their love of the sport into a family holiday,” says Karan Anand of Cox & Kings.
“We have made bookings for several people, most of whom have combined both sightseeing and safari with the matches,” says Mukesh Kumar of Zap booking.