December 31, 2015

Neha Dhupia chilled with Jimmy Butler at the Bulls' win last night

Neha Dhupia is known for being Miss India, and for big roles in small films or small roles in big films. But in recent years, the Kochi born Bollywood actress is starting to make a name for herself in certain circles as one of the India's few celebrity NBA fans.

In a year when Abhishek Bachchan of all people became India's first major representative at the NBA All Star Weekend (he played bit minutes in the All Star Celebrity Game), Dhupia has followed in his footsteps to make an appearance at a couple of NBA games near the end of 2015. Last night, she visited the hallowed United Center in Chicago to watch the Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers.

The game turned out to be an exciting affair between the two strong Eastern Conference teams, eventually won by the Bulls in overtime after a heroic performance by their All Star guard Jimmy Butler. Butler scored a game-high 28 points, had several big plays in the clutch, and hit a huge late tip-in in OT to give the Bulls a 102-100 victory.

For his troubles, Butler's reward was a postgame meeting with Dhupia, and he also gave the actress a signed Bulls hat.

(Last I checked, Dhupia is a LeBron fan - from Miami to Cleveland. That may not go down too well with Butler).

So is there place in the 2016 All Star Celebrity Team for a former Femina Miss India? And can Dhupia extend her good-luck charming to Butler's Chicago teammate Derrick Rose as well? That guy's been a little under the weather over the past four years, that's all.

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