Tendulkar is a big fan of Big B. Photo courtesy: Bollywood Life
Tendulkar is a big fan of Big B. Photo courtesy: Bollywood Life

With his charm and charisma, Amitabh Bachchan has made fans all over the world. One of his many followers is master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who has had many opportunities to meet Bachchan and his family up, close and personal. However, there is a certain incident that is etched in the cricketer s mind. For all the wrong reasons and on Bachchan s 75th birthday, Tendulkar shared his embarrassing moment with the Shehenshah of Bollywood. READ: Sachin Tendulkar admires Amitabh Bachchan s humility

It involved my son, Arjun, Tendulkar told mid-day about the incident. He was only a year-and-a-half old then. We were shooting a commercial and in between shots, Arjun was sitting on our laps. Arjun was having an orange and after finishing it, he coolly wiped his hands on Mr Bachchan s kurta. I didn t know where to look. I was so embarrassed.

Also, Tendulkar remembers the performance which featured senior Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar, with graceful Rekha enjoying it sitting in the audience with the cricketer.

Oh yes, that was years ago. Lataji was singing a song from ‘Silsila’ and Amitji appeared on the stage to recite his dialogues. That was the only time I saw them perform together.

Bachchan has been an inspiration for many cricketers, and Tendulkar is no different.

When I was very young, I watched his movies just for the sake of watching them. At that stage, what perhaps drew me was the action part. At different stages of life, you admire the same thing for different reasons. As you grow older, you realise how difficult it must have been for Amitji to enact those roles. Later on, of course, I saw him doing everything be it emotional, aggressive, tragic or romantic [roles].

His passion for the job, his longevity. To me, he appears tireless. The number of times he has reinvented himself is just awesome. What strikes me most is that Mr Bachchan is a happy man. But when it comes to work, he is still so hungry still hungry to make a mark, still hungry to prove he is the best, still hungry to set standards for others. Even at 75, he has so much to offer. For me, that is the hallmark of a genius.