In a country that is mostly feeds itself a staple diet of Cricket and Bollywood (and the occasional porn star in a reality show) when it comes to entertainment, it is interesting to see the nature of the relationship between the heavyweights of both these industries. As indicated by Aamir Khan’s quote, the relationship is largely symbiotic with members of both the industries using the other to entertain themselves.
So while the whole of India including Bollywood was cheering the Indian cricket team during the world cup last year, the cricket team normally watches movies of their favorite actors while on tour to other countries. One of the reasons why it really pays to be a well-known cricketer in India, is because the players get to hob-nob with the who’s who of Indian society including the creme de la creme of Bollywood. Such a phenomenon is rare to find in any other sport in any other country.
When it comes to cricket in India, there is one name that instantly evokes respect, admiration and class, and that belongs to Sachin Tendulkar (the anticipation of his 100th international century is unprecedented). While Sachin has millions of fans across India and the rest of the world, his relationship with Bollywood is one of mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work and accomplishments. Sachin is very good friends with a number of Bollywood celebrities particularly Aamir Khan who is quite eager to become Sachin’s neighbor and is looking to buy a house close to his place at Perry Cross Road.
Sachin is known to attend private parties thrown by the Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir and the Bachchans and is also really close to Mukesh Ambani and his family. Bollywood’s admiration for Sachin came out in the open when the Ambani’s threw a lavish party inviting the who’s who from the Bollywood and cricket world in honor of the master batsman, a few years ago.
Sachin himself is not a big movie buff although he does enjoy the occasional movie. He is however a great music lover and his admiration for melody queen Lata Mangeshkar’s music is quite well known. 2012 and possibly 2013 might be the last few years of the master’s glorious cricketing career and his millions of fans and admirers fervently hope that he walks out in style. Till then, here’s a snapshot of his various encounters with the reel heroes that we love, although they come nowhere close to the real heroes who bring us great joy (and also great disappointment) whenever the perform on the field.
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