February 4, 2009 - 1:56 pm
Advance warning: this blog entry will be rushed. Not due to any reason other than the pressing urgency for me to deliver a very exciting piece of news and then dash back to the shot I need to give for Desire, here in Nasik. As promised, there is a big announcement to make but you may have heard it already given the amount of press that turned up yesterday when we had a press conference to unveil the news.
I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A STAKEHOLDER IN THE RAJASTHAN ROYALS!!! I am so excited about this, I just have to scream every time I think about it.
In our country entertainment is a religion in itself and I am already honoured to be part of the film fraternity. In times when across the globe we are reading about doom and gloom and economic crises, it is warming to see the sight of thousands of Indians cheering at a cricket match and forgetting about everything else. The team spirit, the hopes for the team, the aspirations of each player and the infectious enthusiasm of the entire crowd as individuals and a collective, all of it is simply magic.
I have loved cricket as long as I can remember, and I admit it’s usually been the way people react to it rather than the game itself that has me excited but over the years I’ve learnt to cherish what is a true art form full of grace, careful tactical planning and skill. I also admit that I don’t know as much as a cricket fanatic would but enough to enjoy the game. There’s lots to learn and I can’t wait.
The IPL embodies so much more than just cricket, it represents a global team coming together for the love of the sport. Players from every corner of the globe, divided geographically yet coming together irrespective of caste, creed and beliefs for the love of the game. The Rajasthan Royals were a natural choice given they were the winners last time and have fantastic players with such unflinching passion for cricket.
I was making the announcement yesterday and was very nervous. Not so much because of the team but because it was the first time I’d be part of a press conference with the love of my life by my side in front of the cameras. He’s used to being the silent support waiting for me as soon as the last flash bulb has gone off but this time I insisted he be by my side as this is a joint venture and it happened because it was his idea. Raj is someone so special I was nervous for him and his baptism of flashbulb frenzy. I shouldn’t have been because when he’s by my side I just feel so calm and so happy and yesterday was no different.
So yesterday was a huge celebration for me as recently I’ve just felt so in tune with everything and so happy. Shamita’s birthday was on Monday and Wednesday we were announcing our venture with the Rajasthan Royals. It’s been a great start to the week.
May every day continue like this!! Leaving for Goa tomorrow, the auction begins on 6th. Hope we get the players we want and keeping my fingers crossed. Wish me luck! Rushing now, will keep you posted…