Sourav Ganguly disguised as sardarji. (Image Courtesy: Juggernaut)
Sourav Ganguly disguised as sardarji. (Image Courtesy: Juggernaut)

Every person wishes to be successful in his or her respective field. But, when you are in a profession as glamorous as bollywood or cricket (treated as a religion in our country), success comes with a price tag. The camera, fan-following, demand for constant selfies lead to various interruptions in one’s personal life. As a result, many star cricketers, or actor/actresses, have disguised themselves to enjoy their family outings especially during festive seasons. Former India  skipper Sourav Ganguly, ahead of the launch of his book A Century is Not Enough, revealed an interesting story wherein he tried to fool the general public — disguised as sardaarji —to enjoy family time uninterrupted.

The adventurous escapade

“I decided to go as one of Harbhajan’s (Singh) tribe. Yes, disguised as a sardarji. Now I could have been mobbed big time. The situation could have gone out of control. But the thrill of accompanying the para boys and family members on the truck carrying the deity was just too irresistible. My cousins all mocked me, saying I would be recognized. I gave as good as I got and took up the challenge. They turned out to be right. I was not allowed on the truck by the police and had to follow it in our car with my daughter, Sana.

As the car reached the Babughat area the police inspector peered in through the window, looked closely at me and smiled gently in recognition. I was embarrassed but asked him to keep my secret. The escapade was worth it. The immersion scene around the river is just indescribable. You have to see it to understand it. Durga Ma after all comes only once a year,” quoted Ganguly.

Note: Ganguly scripted a secret escape during his captaincy days. He was in Kolkata during Durga Puja.

Well, Ganguly is not the first one to change his get-up to avoid public. Bollywood star Aamir Khan had also fooled the crowd, as a poet, outside Ganguly’s residence ahead of his mega blockbuster 3 Idiots release in 2010.

The list is endless. After all, stardom comes with a price. Sometimes, one tends to run away from public attention (something they crave for prior to fame and recognition).