The members of filmmaker Bunty Walia’s All Stars Football Club were seen engaging in an intense practice match today evening in Juhu. Ranbir Kapoor and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were seen on the football field with the rest of the team almost after the gap of a year. Players like Ibrahim Ali Khan and Aparshakti Khurana have been in regular action for a few weeks now, and that was visible in their game today.
Talking about it, Bunty said, “Today, we had a big contingent on the field. Barring Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and Shoojit Sircar, who are among our key players, almost everyone made it to the match we had today. We lost the match but that’s because the boys are rusty. They haven’t played football on turf in almost a year now. So, they will need some time, dedicated and consistent effort to get back in form. The thing is that all of them have shoot backlogs. Like Abhishek will be back in Mumbai in the next two days but I don’t know if he will be on the turf next week. Arjun, I’m told, will be back on the field. It was great to see Dino Morea and Marc Robinson today. Apar was there, too.”
The team is likely to play its first big match for an audience only sometime in May or June this year, post the Indian Premier League cricket matches. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is said to have left the turf midway through the match, because of an injury. Ranbir, on the other hand, played for the entire match but required physiotherapy.
Talking about the team’s form, Bunty said, “The boys will have time to prepare and I am sure they all will do their best. We’ve all been missing Shoojit Sircar. He’s one of the finest in our team and he is in Kolkata. He’s always in touch, telling me how much he is missing football. So, let’s see when we get to see him on the field. I was watching the boys today and I realised just how deep their passion for football and doing something for human causes is. It’s commendable; they’re doing it with the kind of work that’s piled before all of them.”