Sport and Pastime
Sagarika Ghatge aka Preeti Sabarwal of Chak De! India is the first female face to be signed on by the international sports brand Reebok. Roshmila Bhattacharya speaks to the actor.
I t has just completed a 50-day run. And the most glam-glam member of Kabir Khan’s Team 11 is celebrating with a one-year contract with Reebok. Sagarika Ghatge aka Preeti Sabarwal is the first female face to be signed on by the international sports brand to promote its chain of recently launched Lifetsyle Stores.
“I opened the first one in Gurgaon, Delhi, followed by a photo-shoot . It’s the first Reebok store for women, it’s stacked with more than the usual sportswear. There were jackets too.. and jeans. I tried out two, in blue and black, and they were a perfect fit,” beams the pretty actress, who confesses to being a tracks” person.
“At home I’m always lounging around in track pants because they’re so comfy. It’s only when I have to go out that I slip into a dress or a skirt,” she says. If it’s a real formal do, then may be a salwar kurta comes out of the wardrobe.. but no saris. I’m only 21.Give me time to grow up.”
Sagarika will be batting for the brand with Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh. She says, “I watched many of India’smatches in the recently concluded World Twenty 20 Championship and when Sreesanth scooped up that hit from Misbah signalling a three-ball win over Pakistan, my brother, his friends and I leapt up with joy.
“It took me back to that keenly fought hockey match with Australia in Chak De! India. That was a film fantasy while this was for real, but the emotions.. that feeling of pride..was the same.”
On hockey coach Mir Ranjan Negi , she says, “He’s is such a sweet guy. He never reprimanded us. We never missed a single practice because we didn’t want him to be disappointed with us. He commands respect not just because he’s a great hockey player but because he’s a fantastic dancer too,”she chuckles, stating she caught the first episode of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa .“Sir got all his moves right,” she marvels.
No glam girl
Sagarika’s not too enamoured by the “glam gal” tag nor in any hurry to snap up all the offers she’s been flooded with. “Chak De! India put me on the top of the world. I can afford to take my time and wait for the big brands.. like Reebok,” she signs off.