Games that stars play

The Sandalwood fraternity talks about their passion for sports and how much they enjoyed watching and playing them
The profession of acting for most of the stars has been an accidental phenomena. Many of the stars have qualified as doctors, engineers or worked as air hostesses or even chefs before the acting bug bit them for good. Many of these stars are addicted to sports too and have participated or rooted for games of their choice. Bengaluru Chronicle speaks to few of them.
Abhinaya Chakravarthy Kiccha Sudeep and his love for cricket is immense. Apart from captaining the Sandalwood team in Celebrity Cricket League, the wicket-keeper batsman has now also entered Karnataka Premier League. Whereas Century Star and Hat-Trick hero Shivarajkumar may not play for premiere leagues, his love for the game is an open secret. If not shooting on the sets, he is most likely to take up a bat and ball playing with the film team. Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar is usually seen cheering up during IPL for RCB and recently expressed his support for Kabbaddi along with Ramya. Housing Minister and senior actor Ambareesh is very well known in the industry for his frequent trips to international cricket tournaments and is a huge Wimbledon fan too!
Prathap Narayan, who featured in Benkipatna was a cricket player before taking up acting. “I was very passionate about cricket. I was so into the game that my studies took a back seat. I worked hard during my college days while playing in zonal levels. However, I faced the hard reality of politics in zonal levels. I was very disappointed after all the hard work, and this is when I changed my mind,” says Prathap
A state level basketball player, Ranya who made it big with the dream debut alongside Kiccha Sudeep in Maanikya and is now struck with a golden opportunity in Pataki opposite Golden star Ganesh, says that she was always involved in athletics from school days, “I was very much into sports, and I represented the state in basketball. Though I play most other sports too, I am a jack of all master of none barring basketball. I stopped playing after I started taking acting classes. Till recently, I used to play sports to keep myself fit.”
A national level volleyball player turned model, Apoorva Rai who debuts in Hit-Wicket starring Chocolate Boy Diganth, says “I love sports, and I have been playing volleyball since my school days. After school, I would spend the entire evening playing volleyball with my team, and return home very late. I was that crazy about the sport. Modelling and acting happened to me gradually.”
A qualified dentist who gravitated to acting in By Pass Road, Neethu Gowda reveals, “I was always into sports when I was in school. I played badminton and volleyball for inter-college competitions.”
Chetan Chandra who is on a roll with several big projects line up for him including Plus alongside Anant Nag is a karate expert. He is a national Karate gold medalist, a former state level athlete, and an engineering graduate in information science.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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