Asia’s Nightingale and the pride of the Indian film industry Lata Mangeshkar is very happy that a film on the life of Sachin Tendulkar is being released this week. “Sachin’s story is very inspiring. His dreams as a middleclass boy in Maharashtra came true. His success represents the realization of the collective dreams of all aspiring young people. His life teaches the young to aspire to greatness without knowing what greatness is. His story had to be filmed,” says Lataji.
Reminiscing about her long association with Sachin Tendulkar Lataji says, “I first saw him play at Sharjah. I remember a sandstorm hit the stadium. But Sachin stood his ground. He sat there with his cricket togs on waiting for the storm to pass. In him I saw the determination to excel that I always admire. I remember some years ago on Sachin’s birthday on 24 April I was invited to his friend Raj Thackeray’s home to meet him. I had taken a figurine of Sai Baba because I got to know Sachin is a Sai bhakt.”
Says Lataji, “I am very fond of many cricketers specially Sunil Gavasakar and Sachin Tendulkar. Among the international cricketers Gary Sobers was always my favourite. He would be so confident about his performance that he’d be making plans for after the match even before playing.”
Ponders the Nightingale, “Sadly we steal our sportspersons’ confidence by demanding too much from them.”
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