Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and filmmaker Karan Johar, who are reportedly the only two personalities from India to be invited for the soon-to-start London Olympics, will now have company. News is that actor Anil Kapoor too has been invited by Hollywood filmmaker Danny Boyle for the opening ceremony of the big sporting event, to be held on July 27.
That’s not all. The actor has also received an invite from another dignitary for the same event. “Apart from Danny, who has reportedly been appointed the artistic director of the Olympic Games opening ceremony, Anil has also been invited by steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal,” says the source.
Mittal is among the many sponsors of this year’s Olympics and will be one of the torchbearers at the event. The actor confirmed the news stating that he would be attending the grand gala, saying, “Yes, I am attending the opening ceremony of the London Olympics this week.”
However, the exact details of the actor’s trip to London are yet to be finalized. Kapoor, who is currently shooting for producer-director Sanjay Gupta’s prequel, Shootout At Wadala, has taken a few days off from the filming schedule, so he can make time for the headline-grabbing extravaganza.
“Anil wants to attend the event, but not at the cost of his forthcoming film. So, he has taken leave in a way that won’t hamper the schedule of the ongoing shoot,” explains the source.
The actor has also made plans to meet Indian players participating in the Games, to boost their spirit, added the source.