Sachin Tendulkar meets PM Modi; wants to bat for ‘Swasth Bharat’

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar caught up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday (May 19), a week ahead of the release of his biographical film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’.

The Master Blaster sought Prime Minister Modi’s blessings for his film which traces his personal and professional journey. Sachin himself stars in the docudrama. Sachin was accompanied by his wife Anjali.

"I was in Delhi so, I thought it would be nice to brief him about the movie. I told him what the movie is about and he was quite happy and gave me a positive feedback," Sachin was quoted as saying in a report.

"He told me that the film will not only inspire the next generation but through my highs and lows it will tell everyone that challenges are everywhere but that does not mean you surrender... you overcome those challenges and he said it applies to everyone in life," he added.

The cricketer shared a picture of him shaking hands with the PM on Twitter and wrote, “Briefed our honorable PM Narendra Modi about the film and received his blessings.”

He also thanked Modi in a subsequent tweet and wrote, “Thank you for your inspiring message @narendramodi ji 'Jo khele, Wahi khile!' Could not have agreed more. #SachinABillionDreams.”

PM Modi also praised the batting legend and tweeted, “Had a very good meeting with @sachin_rt. His life journey & accomplishments make every Indian proud & inspire 1.25 billion people.”

Sachin, who is a brand ambassador for ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, also said that the idea of a ‘Swasth Bharat’ (Healthy India) also needs to be promoted as he feels it will be the country's "real strength."

He said, "I would want everyone to play some or the other sport. It is extremely important for us to have Swachh Bharat, of which I am one of the ambassadors, but along with that, with the young population that we have, we also need to talk about Swasth Bharat."

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is directed by Award winning British filmmaker James Erskine and is scheduled to release on May 26.