Sachin Tendulkar will be launching the national anthem video two days before Republic Day ©Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar will be launching the national anthem video two days before Republic Day ©Getty Images

Former India and Mumbai spinner Nilesh Kulkarni believes in delivering firsts’ in his life. After his retirement, the tall man from Dombivali has decided to launch a video on national anthem featuring Indian sports icons like Sachin Tendulkar from cricket, Sania Mirza from Tennis and Baichung Bhutia from football. This video will be launched just two days before Republic Day by Tendulkar at hotel nearby. Kulkarni is currently heading the International Institute of of Sport Management (IISM) in Mumbai. ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman to select India’s coach after ICC World T20 2016

Kulkarni who is producing this video with his wife Rasika, explained the uniqueness of  Times of India on Tuesday: “This is for the first time that our national anthem (Jana Gana Mana), will feature the sporting heroes of India, because we feel that the entire nation gets united when it’s played, and there is no better way to reach out to millions of people than this. So, we feel proud that we’ve come up with this initiative.” The video will be shot in Mumbai and will be directed by Abhijit Panse and the music will be composed by bollywood music director Ram Sampath. ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar recalls near death experience

Elaborating on the video’s social message, Kulkarni said: “It’s a movement to inspire our young generation to play sport, because it teaches you not just to compete, but bounce back too. Our tagline is ‘apne desh ke pairon ko apne desh ki mitti par rahne do (Let our feet stay forever in our countries soil),’ he said. Tendulkar recently launched two safety initiatives by Mumbai Railway Police- Safety Alert Messages Exclusively for Passengers (SAMEEP) and B-Safe.