Rituparna Sengupta is to star in a movie featuring Indian football star Alvito D’Cunha. Alvito will play himself in the movie. Football is a growth sport in India with the national team having recently won the Nehru Cup for the second time, beating Syria in the final and having also qualified for the 2011 Asian Cup for the first time. Seen as a potential investment opportunity, the All India Football Federation headquarters was recently visited by Shilpa Shetty and her fiance Raj Kundra.
Alvito will appear with Rituparna in the Tollywood movie Aakashchua. “I have three scenes in the movie. Rituparna Sengupta is the lead actress and another new heroine is also part of the group,” he says, “I was supposed to have my scenes this week but since the ground isn’t green at this point, we shall shoot sometime in the next month.”
Rituparna recently had a dream come true when she shot an ad with Shahrukh Khan during Durga Purga. “I finally shot with my screen idol,” she exclaims, “On the seventh day of Durga Puja, I shot an ad with Shah Rukh. For the Sona Chandi Chawanprash commercial, we were paired together as a couple.” She felt a little guilty because of the timing, however. “For us Bengalis, shooting during the festivities is sacrilege,” she explains, “I never shoot as I would rather spend time with my family. Time flies during this period as I am always shopping, eating and dressing up. But this year was an exception as it meant working with SRK.”