It was a night to remember for Sachin Tendulkar on Monday. From top Bollywood personalities, to politicians, industrialists, India teammates, West Indies great Brian Lara and childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar, they all headed towards one destination in Andheri.
Photos: Star studded bash for Sachin Tendulkar
The party which started at around 9 pm, continued into the wee hours of the morning. It is learnt that after most guests left, the dance floor was taken over by Tendulkar’s India teammates. “They partied really hard. They danced and sang all night. His teammates put cake all over Tendulkar’s face. It was absolute madness,” a source told MiD DAY.
He added: “Tendulkar and his wife Anjali were there to receive every guest. They also came to see them off. Tendulkar met everyone personally and thanked them.” The evening’s proceedings got underway on a formal note with guests taking turns to pay their tributes to the batting legend who ended his international career on Saturday after India beat the West Indies in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
According to the source, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan said Tendulkar is not just a great cricketer but also a fine actor. “I got a few opportunities to work with Tendulkar and I can tell you that he is a very good actor. If he decides to make an entry into cinema, most of us (in the industry) would be threatened by him,” Bachchan is believed to have told the select gathering.
Tendulkar, who was also present on the dais, said movies were a great source of relaxation for the team. “Whenever we were tense before any match, we would watch movies to relax,” said Tendulkar. It is learnt, another Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan spoke about Tendulkar’s anxiety even when he watched his Oscar-nominated film Lagaan. “Sachin was so tense during the climax that he was biting his nails,” revealed Aamir.
Tendulkar’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was present with his wife Sakshi, recalled his first meeting with the maestro. “I first met him in Pune during a match where I was amongst the substitutes. I was carrying drinks, so during the break I asked him ‘paani peeyoge?’ (do you want water?). That was my first meeting,” remembered Dhoni.
The source said Dhoni hoped Tendulkar could make an appearance during the Indian team’s net sessions. “I wish he is padded up and watches the boys from the back during the nets. His presence eases away half the tension,” Dhoni said. Tendulkar was quick in his response: “Thank God you just want me to be padded up and not to bat in the nets!”
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh recited a few lines from a passage which he had penned for the occasion. Harbhajan Singh, another close mate of Tendulkar, pleaded with the batting great in his typical Punjabi accent: “Paaji, tum na jao.” (Please don’t quit). The Ambanis — Mukesh and Nita — were also effusive in their praise for Tendulkar who was part of Mumbai Indians since the very beginning. Mukesh Ambani praised the Little Master for his humble and down-to-earth attitude, the source said.
Meanwhile, Anjali now wants to entrust all household responsibilities to her husband. “He will have to handle all household duties — signing cheques and paying the bills. I don’t know how he will be at home without cricket because the first thing he did after getting up was practice,” said Anjali.