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Photos: Bollywood, sports stars rev it up at Indian GP

Last updated on: October 29, 2012 09:01 IST

Image: Gagan Narang waves the flag as Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to win the Indian F1 Grand Prix
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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.

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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.

Sonakshi, Ajay Devgan sing the National anthem

Image: Shaan, Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgan
Photographs: Buddh International Circuit
The lead actors of the upcoming movie Son of Sardaar, Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgan opened the race by singing the national anthem with Shaan.

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Image: Harbhajan Singh
Photographs: Buddh International Circuit

Among the sporting stars 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, Virat Kohli 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.

Sports gaining importance in India

Image: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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."