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20 Feb, 2017
In the recent times, badminton sport had become a big buzz
that it did provoke the movie celebrities of South India. It is really a moment
to celebrate how the sport has been emerging day by day and bringing every
other culture onto the court. So far we have seen movie celebrities as cricket
players off the screen. This time, they are seen as badminton a player which is
good opportunity for them to exhibit their badminton abilities.
As part of CBL season 1, four celebrity teams had represented
Kollywood, Mollywood, Sandalwood and Tollywood each. The gleaming launch function
created a noise with all the team owners and film stars being participated with
great enthusiasm except karnataka team members alone were introduced video
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Hemachandran, Founder & CEO
of CBL said, “CBL in
its first season has been able to garner support from the top four South Indian
cine personalities, proving that badminton is one of the most loved sports
across the world. Our ambition is to ensure that we will have a team from
Bollywood and in future from even Hollywood participating in the next few CBL
The owners and team members for this season were:
Nandiniy Vijay, runs her animation college in Chennai called
GIGA (Global Institute of Gaming and Animation) and also has produced many
tele-commercials. Mr. Sagar Pentela, entrepreneur graduated from Victoria
university in International Business (New Zealand). Dr Dheeraj, is one of the
youngest cardiothoracic surgeons in India. He finished MBBS, Ms and Mch in Sri
Ramachandra University Chennai. He is currently practicing at Apollo hospitals,
● Naga Chaitanya – Brand Ambassador
● Lakshmi Manchu – Team Motivator
● Sudheer Babu – Captain
● Tarun Kumar – Vice Captain
● Charmy Kaur - Team Supporter
● Kaushal Manda
● Krishna Chaitanya
● Sathya Dev
● Tejasvi Madivada
● Sanjana Galrani
● Apoorva Srinivasan
Mr. C. R. Venkatesh is the Managing Director and Chief
Execuve Officer of Dot Com Infoway, Adatha, Gmasa
And Galata Media.
• Madhavan – Brand Ambassador
• Arya – Team Captain
• Amala paul – Team Motivator
• Munna Simon
• Rupa Manjari
• Suja Varunee
• Abhinay Vaddi
Mr. Ranjith Karunakaran is the Chairman of EAK group of companies
and has been associated with various other business enterprises like
hospitality and steel export.
• Mamta Mohandas – Brand Ambassador
• Jayaram – Team Captain
• Narain – Vice Captain
• Pearlemaaney – Team Motivator
• Arjun Nandakumar
• Saiju Kurup
• Sekhar Menon
• Rajeev Pillai
• Sreenath Bhasi
• Rony David
• Ranjini Haridas
• Parvathi Nambiar
• Rosin Jolly
Mr. Justin is the founder of Alpha Digitech and an advisory
member in the Board of Directors of GMASA and Mobilogi, a Malaysian company.
Ms. Sanghavi is an Indian film actress and model, known for her works in Tamil
cinema, Kannada cinema, and Telugu cinema. She has starred in over 95 feature
films in a span of 22 years.
• Puneeth Rajkumar – Brand Ambassador
• Aindrita – Team Movatitor
• Diganth – Captain
• Indrajit Lankesh
• Prajwal Devaraj
• Ravi Chetan
• Jagadish C.
• Arjun U. A.
• Karthik C. S.
• Kavitha Lankesh
• Krishi Tapanda
• Disha Pooviah
• Abanka Deka
Finals took place in November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tollywood Thunders beat Kerala Royals to emerge as the victors in a tightly
contested final. Team Karnataka Alps was placed third while Team Chennai
Rockers took the last position.
Mr. Hemachandran, Founder and CEO, Celebrity Badminton
League commenting on the finals played at Kuala Lumpur said, "The involvement,
excitement and professionalism exhibited by the celebrities, our partners and
our team, has given us an overwhelming brand mileage and extraordinary
reception by the public. In spite of their busy schedule, all the celebrities
practiced very hard to compete in a team format with each other and put up a wonderful
show for the audience in Malaysia. I would like to congratulate and thank all
the team owners and team captains who have made this league a huge success.
Our next season promises to be much bigger and more
exciting, with the Bollywood industry showing interest to join our elite
league." The team positions before the finals were based on points accumulated
from the initial league matches at Kochi and Hyderabad were as follows: Kerala
Royals were ranked first, followed by Tollywood Thunders, Karnataka Alps and
finally Chennai Rockers.
In the finals, 1st match was between Tollywood
Thunder and Karnataka Alps. Men doubles 1 of Tollywood Thunders initially let
go to Karnataka Alps but men doubles 2 and 3, Women doubles and mixed doubles
took the lead in all the games qualifying for the next match.
2nd match took place between Chennai Rockers and Kerala
Royals. Except the Men Doubles 2, Kerala Royals thrashed Chennai Rockers in all
In the third game Chennai Rockers outplayed by Karnataka Alps
and took the third position.
In the 4th match, Tollywood took the lead in all the games
against Kerala Royals and smashed the game winning CBL 1 title.
The Celebrity Badminton League (CBL) brought together the
entire South Indian film industry in its very first season and has all
indications of becoming a national league by the next edition. The finals held
in Kuala Lumpur was a huge success given the popularity of Southern cinema in
Malaysia. CBL has integrated Sport and entertainment in the right mix to enthrall
an audience who love to see their celebrities in flesh and blood competing
against one another in right earnest.