He says: “It’s quite exciting for me! This is the stuff of dreams. It’s so far-fetched that it’s not even on my bucket list. I will be playing against and with some of the best talent in the world of entertainment and sports and it will be a great experience to be in Cleveland in what is a weekend of basketball culture. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ranveer Singh added: “I want to do my part to propel Indian cinema to a place of global recognition. I think the Koreans have done it effectively despite the language barrier and it serves as an example of what could be in the future for Indian cinema on the world stage.”
Ranveer Singh reveals how he started playing basketball when he went to America to study at Indiana University. He says, “I first became a fan of basketball when I started watching basketball on TV and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 90s. Then I went to America for four years to study at Indiana University, which had a great basketball culture and a great basketball heritage. A basketball school or a city as they called it.”
Ranveer Singh added: “So I played there regularly because when I left the campus our apartment had a basketball court next door so we played pretty much every day and now I play in my apartment complex which has a beautiful basketball court and it’s a great way to keep fit and make friends and often even when I don’t have anyone to play with I just do some target practice, I find it very therapeutic.”
Ranveer hasn’t been able to practice too much for the All-Star celebrity contest as he’s filming for Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, but he plans to hit the track as much as possible once he lands in Cleveland, where he will be coached by NBA legend Bill Walton!
Ranveer Singh says: “I haven’t been able to practice much because I was busy recording a song for Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani, but in the past 2-3 years I’ve been fairly regular with my basketball because I was in the apartment complex. “staying in with Deepika has a beautiful court in the building. So I can stay fairly regular with my basketball. I really enjoy playing and it forms my cardiovascular exercise component and I play mostly for the fun and experience of it.”
Ranveer plays alongside comedian Tiffany Haddish, rappers and artists such as Anuel, Machine Gun Kelly, Jack Harlow and Quavo. The game will also feature well-known athletes from the past and present, including Cleveland Browns defender Myles Garrett, Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby, and Cleveland Cavaliers legends Booby Gibson and Anderson Varejao. The game will be played on Friday, February 18 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.
The superstar has a stellar lineup of big projects in his next batch of films, including YRF’s Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Shankar’s remake of his blockbuster Anniyan, Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus and Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.
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