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16 April 2024

Bollywood vs Dubai: Abhishek, Ranbir, Shilpa Shetty to play ball

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor (L) and Abhishek Bachchan during their football practice session. (Pic: ASFC)

By Ajanta Paul

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor are all set to sweat it out in Dubai - but for good reason
These two stars have joined forces to play a football match to raise funds for one of India’s largest non-profit organisations - Magic Bus 
Emirates24|7 was the first to inform that the duo will come to Dubai on January 31 to play their first ever international football match.

The All Stars Football Club – a property of charitable trust, Playing for Humanity – is spearheaded by Abhishek; and Ranbir and several others will play a game of football against the Dubai Royals at the Al Wasl Stadium.

Magic Bus works to create a better future for over a million children living in poverty from childhood all the way through to gainful employment, 'Playing for Humanity', has used the ever growing game of football as a platform.

In the opposition is the Dubai Royals. Managed by Ministry of Events and Dream Advertising, this multi-talented team consists of the crème de la crème of Dubai.

The team will feature some legendary football players, a few Pakistani celebrities and CEOs and leaders from some of the most iconic corporations in the region, along with media moguls and prominent socialites.

Bunty Walia, MD, GS Worldwide Entertainment said, “I am happy to get the ASFC team to UAE to raise funds for charity and I hope the generosity from the people in Dubai will help in garner a good amount for charity”

Talking about the initiative ASFC captain Abhishek Bachchan said, “A platform highly successful all over the would to raise money for charity. We are a passionate group of football fans and through this we have got a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness.

Ranbir Kapoor, Vice-Captain added, “A good initiative proud to be associated with it.”

ASFC player Raj Kundra with wife Shilpa Shetty

With these Bollywood hunks coming down to Dubai we are sure to spot some WAGs in the dugout.

Actress Shilpa Shetty will be present to cheer for her husband Raj Kundra who will be playing for ASFC.

Fans might also get lucky if Aishwarya Rai Bachchan decides to join her husband for a funfilled event.

The All Stars Football Club is spearheaded by Abhishek Bachchan (Captain), Ranbir Kapoor, Dino Morea, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar,Karan Wahi, Marc Robinson, Shabir Ahluwalia, Ameet Gaur, Sachiin Joshi, Raj Kundra, Caesar Gonzalves, Jignesh Antala, Jas Binag, Rohan Shreshta, sporting icons Leander Paes, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Nishant Mehra, and other icons from the entertainment industry.

Funds shall be raised through sponsorships and ticket sales and part proceeds from the event shall be donated to charity.


Dh50 for General Stand; Dh100 for Silver stand; Dh200 for Gold Stand; Dh500 for Platinum Stand; Dh1000 for Royal stand.