Our stars in Kollywood are not just known for playing sportspersons in films, but also for encouraging and patronising sports in real life too. While some of them are players themselves, many have had extended an arm of support to games ranging from cricket to kabaddi.
Mykollywood.com, as part of its Friday special articles series, takes a look this week at actors linked to sports.
Vijay Sethupathi, good at supporting many noble causes, has been named as the Chief Motivating Officer of Tamil Thalaivas kabaddi team.
At a press meet to unveil the new team for the sixth edition of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in Chennai on Thursday, it was announced that Vijay Sethupathi would be the team’s CMO.
Captain Ajay Thakur, coach E Bhaskaran and CEO Viren D’Silva hailed Vijay Sethupathi for accepting the post.
In addition to his acting, Ajith Kumar is motor car racer and participated in many racing competitions.
He became a race car driver, competing in circuits around India in places such as Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. He is one among very few Indians to race in the International arena and in Formula championships.
He has also been abroad for various races, including Germany and Malaysia. He drove in the 2003 Formula Asia BMW Championships. He raced in the 2010 Formula 2 Championship along with two other Indians, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren.
After a one-off race during the Formula Maruti Indian Championships in 2002, where he finished in fourth place, Ajith signed a contract with manager Akbar Ebrahim, confirming his participation in the inaugural Formula BMW Asia championship. Despite spinning out in the first lap of his first race, Ajith successfully completed the season by finishing twelfth.
In 2008, Vijay was signed up as an ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings. Recently, it was said that Vijay and Nayanthara would be roped in as ambassadors of CSK once again. But that did not materialise.
It may be recalled that the Chennai Super Kings team of the IPL cricket tournament, which was banned for two years, bounced back with a bang this year and enthralled its fans.
Sivakarthikeyan, who had played a boxing champion in ‘Maan Karate’ and runner in ‘Ehir Neechal’, has turned a producer with ‘Kanaa’, a film which talks about participation of women players in sports.
It has Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj in lead roles, where Sivakarthikeyan is doing an extended cameo. The film is written and directed by Arunraja Kamaraj with music composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas, cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan, edited by Ruben and produced by Sivakarthikeyan under SK Productions banner.
Arunraja Kamaraj who has earlier worked with ace director Vetrimaaran, well-known for his chart-buster songs like ‘Neruppu Da…’ and ‘Varlaam Vaa…’ revealed that he would be helming a movie about women’s cricket.