Indian Grand Prix: Bollywood and sporting celebrities rub shoulder at BIC

Neha Dhupia

The second edition of the Indian Grand Prix received a huge response from tinsel town and sporting fraternity as a host of Bollywood and cricketing stars and India's Olympic heroes graced the event at the Buddh International Circuit here today.

Adding glamour to the event were actors Anil Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Gul Panag, Dino Morea, Sonali Bendre with her husband Goldie Behl, Mandira Bedi, Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Singh, singer Shaan and music composer Vishal and Shekhar, who performed at the F1 village area before the start of the race.

The lead actors of the upcoming movie 'Son of the Sardaar', Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgan opened the race by singing the national anthem with Shaan.

Among the sporting stars who were spotted at the BIC were India's medallists at the London Olympics, wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooter Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang, who waved the chequered flag at the end of the race. Other Indian athletes who made it to the event were archer Deepika Kumari and chess player Tania Sachdev.

The cricketing fraternity was led by Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, who came along with his long-time girlfriend Geeta Basra. Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla also made an appearance at the BIC this afternoon.

Narang, who has been roped in at the last minute to wave the chequered flag in place of actor Hrithik Roshan, was seemingly overwhelmed with the honour.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for me to be a part of the F1 race. I'm honoured to chequer the flag at the end of the race. It is indeed great to watch other sports gaining importance in India," said Narang, who won a bronze medal in 10m air rifle event at London Olympics earlier this year.

"It is going to be for the first time that I will watch the Indian GP and I want to enjoy each and every moment," he added.

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