The actor is widely known to be a sports enthusiast and huge fan and most recently had a fantastic time with international celebrities at Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In fact, on Sunday, Ranveer met and interacted with some of the most prominent artists and athletes from across the globe.
He was first taken on a tour of the track by none other than Formula One legend, the revered Brazilian driver Felipe Massa.
He was then seen chatting with freshly crowned world champions from the English cricket team, all-rounder Ben Stokes, star batsman Joe Root, and veteran bowler James Anderson. Known to be a fan of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL, Ranveer was seen on the F1 grid in an animated discussion about the upcoming IPL season with the latest MI acquisition, the deadly pacer Jofra Archer.
He was also seen exchanging warm niceties with the swashbuckling West Indian Chris Gayle. The camaraderie and mutual admiration between the two was very apparent to all.
Ranveer was also overheard discussing a crossover musical collaboration with global pop star/producer Will.I.Am, as well as having a deep, insightful chat about movies with Hollywood actor/comedian Martin Lawrence. Plus, Ranveer also rocked out a spontaneous rendition of ‘Chammak Challo’ with Akon, which, if you recall, Akon sang for the film Ra.One. Whoa!
Before leaving the grid, Ranveer congratulated the Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, for winning the 2022 Constructors Championship.
Known as a resident football fanatic, Ranveer met with the world’s number one football manager Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, and also met other legends of the sport, Spanish defender Sergio Ramos and Italian stalwart Francesco Totti. The entire paddock was particularly amused to see the warmth and familiarity between Ranveer and former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with whom Ranveer seemed to have struck up an instant connection! The two even video-called a mystery person while they were together in the F1 paddock.
The last time Ranveer met with legendary basketball center Shaquille O’Neal they made a reel on Ranveer’s famous song ‘Khalibali’ that went viral. However, this time they didn’t make a reel but instead were seen enjoying the race from the VVIP box. Also seen with Ranveer in the VVIP box was the freshly crowned lightweight champion of the UFC, MMA sensation Islam Makhachev.
Ranveer, known for his unbridled enthusiasm, was observed to be visibly gushing over the world-record-breaking track athlete Usain Bolt, who Ranveer later described on social media as the ‘Undisputed Greatest of All time’.
He also had special encounters with Paris Hilton, supermodel Winnie Harlow, former Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard.
Check out these pics and videos! Looks like fun was had by all! As Paris said…
Next up on the acting front is Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus, set to release this December and Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, directed by Karan Johar and also starring Alia Bhatt in April 2023. Needless to say we can’t wait!