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Ponting v/s Tendulkar?

entertainment Updated: Feb 12, 2012 15:47 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
Shalvi Mangaokar
Hindustan Times
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You might not believe it, but actor Stephen Curry insists that Indians and Australians share a common sense of humour.

Playing the lead character Ted Brown aka Teddy Tendulkar in Aussie director Boyd Hicklin’s film, Save Your Legs! he says, “I’ve never shot with an Indian crew and I admit that their level of professionalism is outstanding. I realised that we shared a similar sense of humour, which is really essential while shooting.”

SachinTouring India The film, which revolves around the adventures of a D-grade suburban Australian cricket team, who con their way into playing cricket in India, was shot in three locations in the country, including Varanasi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Producer Nick Batzias says, “We chose these locations as we wanted to show the different aspects of the country. Varanasi brought out the traditional Indian culture perfectly, Kolkata showed the grand city life of India, while Mumbai, as everyone knows, is the busiest city in the country.”

The crew may not have had time to go around sight-seeing, but Stephen has developed a love for the local cuisine. “Initially, I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to live on Indian food for so long. But now I love it. There’s plenty of choice.”

When asked if he was a fan of Indian cricket, he said, “I think Sachin is the best cricketer this world has ever seen. And some day I sincerely hope that India and Australia have close test matches again.”

If given a choice, which Australian cricketer would Stephen like to see make a guest appearance in the movie? “I would love to watch Ricky Ponting, as he is a personal favourite. But because I love Sachin equally, I wish he was around to make a guest appearance,” Stephen responds, adding that he’s also a fan of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.