New Delhi: This evening the second season of the Indian Super League started with pomp and show. The star studded event displayed the blend of Bollywood and sports brilliantly.
From actor Arjun Kapoor hosting the event to Bollywood beauty Aishwarya dancing on her songs and superstar Rajnikanth declaring the tournament open, ISL definitely put up a great visual treat for audiences.
The involvement of Bollywood stars to promote different sports and not just cricket has helped these sports reach a wider audience. It started when many teams of the Indian Premier League were owned by Bollywood stars.
Here is a list of actors of tinsel town who own teams in different sports:
Shah Rukh Khan:
King Khan owns the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the IPL. The IPL's most celebrated team, KKR is owned by Shah Rukh and his close friend, actress Juhi Chawla. The team won the IPL two times, in the years 2012 and 2014. The presence of Shah Rukh as an owner has helped KKR gain immense popularity.
John is a sportsman at heart. He was the Indian brand ambassador for FIFA in the year 2014. John Abraham's love for sports is reflected in his muscular body and the way he always mentions sports at media interactions. He is the co-owner of NorthEast United FC of ISL and also co-owns Delhi Waveriders, a team that represents the state in the Hockey India League. Waveriders won the Hockey India League in 2014.
Ranbir Kapoor is a die hard Barcelona supporter, a popular team of Spain. His love for football forced him to buy the Mumbai franchise of ISL. He had once said that India is a sleeping giant of football and by associating himself with ISL, he wishes to promote this game.
Hrithik's penchant towards sports is reflected in the way he is always energetic. The actor own FC Pune City of Indian Super League. He is always seen promoting football on whichever platform he can.
Junior Bachchan breathes football and this is reflected every time a Chelsea match takes place. A hard core sports fan, Abhishek always cheers for Mumbai Indians in IPL. He co-owns the Chennaiyan FC team of ISL and Jaipur Pink Panthers of Pro Kabaddi League.