DUBAI: The UAE residents who had braved the cold winds hitting the open stands in Dubai International Cricket Stadium , were more than happy when they realized that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan would indeed be around for a few hours.
He did not venture to greet fans by hand, but then that’s Salman Khan for you – he keeps a respectful distance and one tiny wave in the direction of the upper tiers, was enough to satisfy his ever-loyal fan following in this region.
Salman’s brother and his recently released film Jai Ho’s producer, Sohail Khan, looked completely at ease with his surroundings. Not so relaxed were the recently concluded Big Boss pair, Armaan Kohli and Tanisha Mukherjee. Tanisha just about managed a smile when Armaan led her to greet Salman Khan in the star dugout.
Lesser known Bollywood actresses such as Shruti Hassan and Huma Qureshi seemed to be paying attention to the ongoing match between Mumbai Heroes and Telegu Warriors, but were outdone in the cheering department by real-life couple Genelia D’Souza and Ritesh Deshmukh.
Speaking to ARY News, Zayed Khan said he hoped to see a India-Pakistan match in the stadium soon.
Screen heroes Sunil Shetty, Sonu Sood and Aftab Shivdasani did not contribute much to the Mumbai Heroes’ score, but director Apoorva Lakhia scored 69 not out, off 30 balls. However, this was not enough to stave off defeat and Telegu Warriors’ 130-4 meant they won the match by four wickets.
Be it on the screen or on the cricket field, Salman Khan’s team does not appear to be on a winning streak these days.
Reported by: Razia Desai