Mumbai: Looks like the people of Kolkata are in for some major star gazing! The football crazy city will soon host a friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela and popular footballer Lionel Messi is all set to play the match. Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who is a major fan of Messi, will be there to be a part of the historic match.
Ranbir along with filmmaker Anurag Basu will watch the footballer in action from the stands with the crowd.
Ranbir is said to be super excited about watching his favourite footballer live in action. He has apparently taken a day off from the hectic schedule of ‘Rockstar’ promotions and flying down to Kolkata to watch the match on September 2.
Speaking to a daily, Anurag Basu confirmed that the duo would be watching the match from the stalls. "Public ke saath match dekhne ka mazaa hi kuch aur hai," said Basu.
In fact, Basu and Ranbir just got back from a week-long shoot in Kolkata for the former`s ‘Barfee’.
"We shot in crowded locations of the city like Phool Bazar and Howrah Bridge. The crowds, known to get over-excited when they see Mumbai stars, were exceptionally well behaved. This was Ranbir`s first visit to Kolkata in recent years, and he made himself comfortable in the city," said the director.
Ranbir requested ‘Rockstar’ director Imtiaz Ali to give him some time off to watch the match. A friend of the actor said, "Even if Imtiaz tied him down to a lamp post on September 2, he`d have been in Kolkata for the match. Ranbir is a huge Messi fan. Not seeing the match is not an option."
The actor and the filmmaker have already made plans for the big day and also intend to meet Messi post the match.
About 80,000 people are expected to watch the match at the Salt Lake Stadium on the given day. And with Ranbir on the stands and Messi on the field, the fans will surely have a tough time concentrating on and off the field!