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HEADS OR TAILS?: Former Indian captain Md. Azharuddin and actor Srikanth get ready to toss the coin for the `Super Heroes Trophy - 2006' cricket match. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
HEADS OR TAILS?: Former Indian captain Md. Azharuddin and actor Srikanth get ready to toss the coin for the `Super Heroes Trophy - 2006' cricket match. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

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Barring a couple of popular actors such as Srikanth and Tarun, the remaining faced the risk of not being easily identified by the crowd

VIJAYAWADA: A glistening black car zoomed in and out came a tall and stout man. Even as the small gathering outside the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium struggled to identify the stranger, he pulled out a cricket kit from the rear seat of the vehicle, hung it on to his left shoulder and walked towards the main entrance. "That's Vishnu!" an excited voice in the crowd exclaimed. "Oh yeah! He is actor Mohan Babu's son," another visitor remarked. Even as a couple of them ran towards him for an autograph, Vishnu disappeared quickly.

The friendly match between cricketers and Tollywood stars for Super Heroes Trophy - 2006, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Sports Foundation here on Sunday, evoked a lukewarm response from the denizens of the city. Barring a couple of popular Tollywood actors such as Srikanth and Tarun, the remaining faced the risk of not being easily identified by the crowd.

The match, played for the cause of AIDS victims and for development of rural sports, was promoted as a star-studded event. Other participants from Tollywood such as Venu, Rajeev Kanakala, Aryan Rajesh, Navadeep and Sai Kumar, almost went unnoticed.

The actors' team led by Srikanth was pitted against the cricketers' team led by Mohammed Azharuddin, but both teams had an eclectic mix. The cricketers' team had local representation in the form of Vijayawada East MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishna and SI Pallam Raju.

The tried and tested way of enthusing the spectators by bringing in film heroines also failed to live up to its purpose. The starlets, most of them one-film wonders, did not venture out much. They sat under the shade to avoid the blazing sun.

Realising that they were from the tinsel world, lensmen went on a clicking spree but had to jog their memories to figure out the films they were associated with. The girls who descended from Hyderabad to cheer up the players included, among others, Gowri Munjal (of Bunny fame), Deepa, Madhu Shalini, Kamna Jethmalani and Navneet Kaur.

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