Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Farhan Akhtar: Why is Bollywood so fond of Sachin Tendulkar?

With the news of cricket God’s retirement going public yesterday, the living legend’s well wishers from Bollywood along with millions of his fans took to Twitter to express their (read painful) feelings. Here’s why B-town is so enamoured by the Master Blaster…

Sachin Tendulkar’s remarkable graph, from an ordinary batsman of the Indian cricket team to becoming ‘The Sachin Tendulkar’ has not only left an indelible mark in the minds of cricket fanatics but also on popular Bollywood celebrities, who have great respect for the cricketer.

Will Shahrukh Khan stop watching cricket now?

The batting maestro has inspired generations of Indians and cricket lovers around the world, including filmy folks who swears by Tendulkar’s master strokes in his celebrated victories. As soon as the news of Sachin’s retirement from the most followed game in the world reached Shahrukh Khan, the Baadshah of the bada parda didn’t waste any time to comment on the cricketer’s decision. “O no! Suddenly realized the meaning of addiction. Mine was the master. I am going thru cold turkey. To see cricket without Sachin? Unbearable,” Khan tweeted.

Aamir Khan and Sachin Tendulkar – the two Perfectionists!

Not just Shahrukh, ST has been good friends with King Khan’s arch-rival Aamir Khan as well! Remember, the Perfectionist actor had roped in the cricket star to endorse 3 Idiots? No wonder the film based on cricket became the first highest grosser of Hindi cinema! Sachin not only attended the private screening of the Rajkumar Hirani film with wife Anjali but also praised the film to no end. He was also spotted at the special screening of Aamir’s Dhobi Ghat.

During Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan, much credit was given to Tendulkar for helping out the movie team perfect the cricket scenes, “I just helped them with the sound recording. I suggested Aamir that the best place and time to do the recording would be during the India-Australia Test at Wankhede. The noise in the stadium was too much and it couldn’t be more original,” Tendulkar was quoted saying then. Obviously, it only strengthened the camaraderie between the two perfectionists!

Salman Khan’s fondness for the cricket star

Salman Khan’s affection for the Master Blaster was quite evident at business tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s grand party held to felicitate the cricketer for scoring his 100th century where Sallu bowled the eminent guests with his brilliant and humorous speech as a mark of respect to ST.

Sachin and Farhan Akhtar come together for social cause!

It’s not just promoting films for his friends; Sachin recently joined a journey dedicated to the cause of equality for women by lending his support for Farhan Akhtar’s Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD). The legend recorded a Marathi translation of a poem written by Javed Akhtar.