Ajay Jadeja, Vinod Kambli, Sunil Gavaskar, Salil Ankola, Syed Kirmani and Sandeep Patil — they all have done it before. Now, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is reportedly set to splash paint on his face for a role in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari, a film to be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar.
Tendulkar will essay an important role alongside Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani in the film, informs a crew member. In spite of having managed a coup of sorts, Chopra isn’t ready to reveal anything. Just like the term Gandhigiri, which was a well-kept secret until Lage Raho Munnabhai (2007) released, the real length of Sachin’s role in the movie, too, is under wraps.
Earlier this year, Tendulkar had tweeted, "Vinod Chopra has a script called Ferrari Ki Sawari. Just heard it. Sounds awesome." In yet another tweet, which he posted with a picture of him and Chopra, he had said, "Hanging with Vinod Chopra and Atul Kasbekar... 3 more Idiots?"
Reportedly, actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor too were considered to play a part in the film. While Chopra and Mapuskar are writing the script, director Raj Kumar Hirani will pen the dialogues. A cricket legend’s Ferrari inspires a dream in a boy to play at the Lord’s cricket ground. The hint is obvious: the only cricketer who owns a Ferarri in India is, Tendulkar.
Tendulkar is bonding with his co-actors as well. Last month, Irani tweeted: "Wonderful dinner with Sachin Tendulkar and friends. Disarming, normal and fun. What more can one ask for?"
Tendulkar’s only other brush with films was when he shot for a documentary on Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple, two years ago. There, he spoke how he feels whenever he visits the temple. Sachin had said, “Right now, the big screen for me is only cricket.” This, of course, is set to change.