Mumbai: India's star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar may be a movie buff but he has rebuffed all efforts by Bollywood to rope him in acting in films, says a media report.
“Movies and music are the two things that help me relax,” Sachin admits.
Sachin's love for movies started when he was really young. He recalls watching Dev Anand's Guide with his family way back in the 70s. “Sholay is one film I have repeatedly watched,” he says.
Intrigued by Gabbar Singh, Sachin has often tried the ‘Arre o Sambha, kitne aadmi thay' line on friends and colleagues.
“Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are two teammates who are movie aficionados. I love watching films with my son Arjun, but the real movie buff is my wife Anjali.”
The left-handed batsman says that he is more partial to lighthearted films because “then you don't have to watch the entire film; you can just start and leave it from wherever you desire. I don't usually spend two to three hours on a movie. I just watch a little before I take my power nap.”
Squashing rumours of his acting in Vinod Chopra's Ferrari Ki Sawari, Sachin says, “Vinod and I met. We spoke about the movie but I am not acting in it. I have had several movies offered to me, but I have not considered any.”
When asked to analyse his own acting talents, especially since he has done so many commercials, the cricketer reveals, “Well, I'm not perfect. There are retakes involved.”
He says that if his son were to ever tell him that he wished to be in films, he wouldn't be averse to the idea. “Whether it is sports or films, passion is what should drive you,” he smiles.
Sachin loves a visit to the multiplex occasionally but he admits that “sometimes it is hard to go unnoticed, so I prefer visiting theatres overseas.”
His new home in Bandra will have a 20-seater home theatre being designed with the help of his friend Ameya Hete.
“I think it will be really cool to sit back and watch a first day, first show. In the past, thanks to friends like Aamir Khan, I have watched movies even before they came to the theatre. Now I guess it is time to sit back, relax and watch movies in my own home.”