Anil Thakraney: The Big Sachin Bash

02 Apr,2012

By Anil Thakraney


I caught glimpses (on NDTV) of that mega party Mukeshbhai and Neetaben threw for Shri Tendulkar. And no, that it was held at that deeply repugnant structure called Antilla didn’t prompt me into hitting my remote control as deftly as Sachin would, in his hey days, heave Shoaib Akhtar over fine leg. It was the master being felicitated after all, so one was expected to pay attention.


Here are some random observations: A whole lot of huge names from all walks of life… industrialists, politicians, movie stars, sports stars, etc, were in dutiful attendance. I wonder if the allure had to do with the blaster or that the invite went from Mukeshbhai. I suspect it was the latter… no one in his/her right mind would wish to offend India’s richest man.


Mr & Mrs Ambani are enormously poor public speakers. They may know how to turn stone into gold, but the duo lacks the ability to keep you from yawning miserably. Two options: They can get other speakers to do the honours. Or, they can enroll for a public speaking course. Don’t think it costs much.


Abhishek Bachchan, on the other hand, is a far better public speaker than he is an actor. Small B needs to attend acting classes, but that’s another story. Priyanka Chopra as the anchor was perfect. Though, quite disappointingly, she turned up over-dressed. Aamir Khan was at his professional best. Guess he rehearsed his speech for the 100th 100 time before driving out for Antilla. Salman Khan mumbled a lot. No one understood what he said, but people laughed all the same. Given the macho star’s fiery temper, that’s always a good idea. But his little dig at SRK was delightful. By the way, wonder why Shah Rukh failed to turn up. Had he arrived, he ought to have been seated next to Sallu bhai. TRPs would have gone through the Antilla roof.


Sachin tried his best to sound cool and humorous. Didn’t really work. Partly because of his recent angry, arrogant outburst at a press con, where he was (quite rightly) questioned on his retirement plans.


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Lastly, the high point of the show was Lata tai singing “Tu jahaan jahaan chalega, mera saaya saath saath hoga.” Total paisa vasool. Mukeshbhai should now felicitate her just for that.




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