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Bollywood’s sporty connection: Here’s the sport your favourite star swears by

From Akshay Kumar’s lifelong tryst with martial arts to Ranbir Kapoor’s ball-kicking skills, here’s a look at actors who are avid sportsmen too.

bollywood Updated: May 10, 2017 16:28 IST
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Etti Bali
Hindustan Times
Milind Soman,Shah Rukh Khan,John Abraham
Clockwise from left: Ranbir Kapoor, Milind Soman, Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Shah Rukh Khan indulge in sports and sportsmanship.

There is more to a Bollywood celeb than their onscreen persona. Meet some of these celebrities behind the
makeup, dance routines, action sequences and limelight, as they unwind with sports. Now, we all know that they go to great lengths to stay fit, and sports not just help them with their physique, but also acts as a stress-buster. Here are some of Bollywood celebrities who are great sportsmen too.


Akshay Kumar is dubbed Bollywood’s Khiladi for a reason.

A black belt in taekwondo, Akshay Kumar started training in martial arts from a young age. In addition to taekwondo, he possesses knowledge of other martial art forms including karate and Muay Thai. The actor also runs free of cost martial arts classes for women in Mumbai and plans to open self-defence training centres across the country.


Shah Rukh was the captain of his school’s hockey and football team

Shah Rukh Khan’s love for sports is not hidden, be it owning a cricket team or talking about the importance of sports at various public platforms. He used to be a hockey player in his school days and even served as the captain of his school’s hockey and cricket teams.


The second and toughest day at Ultraman! #5secs #280km

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Besides making women swoon over his good looks, Milind Soman is also a role model for fitness enthusiasts. Apart from being a swimmer and a cyclist, the athlete has been dubbed as the Ironman, after he successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon in Switzerland in July, 2015. He also completed the Ultraman challenge that took place in Florida earlier this year.


The co-owner and captain of a football team, Abhishek Bachchan has always been vocal about including as many children in sports as possible. He also owns a kabaddi team. His football team also features actors such as Shabbir Ahluwalia and Armaan Jain.


Ranbir Kapoor is known for his love for football. (Yogen Shah)

When he is not busy breaking into dance sequences and our hearts, Ranbir Kapoor can be seen on a football field, playing charity matches. He is also the co-owner of a football league


The actor’s initiation into football happened at a very young age, and he has also played professionally in the Indian A-Division. His love for the sport is not unknown and he also owns a football team.


Riteish Deshmukh was captain of the Veer Marathi cricket team.

Besides being Bollywood’s go-to funny man, Riteish Deshmukh is an avid cricketer. The actor was captain of Veer Marathi, a team which he also owned in the Celebrity Cricket League. In January last year, he also played badminton with his co-actors Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar as part of the promotional tour for his film.


#Kalaripayattu -swift as the wind,quiet as the forest,conquer like the fire,steady as the mountain

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When Vidyut Jamwal is not busy defying death and kicking the bad guys’ onscreen, he does martial arts. The actor is trained in Kalaripayuttu, a martial art from Kerala, beginning his training when he was just three years old.

First Published: May 10, 2017 15:06 IST