Kohli: Most eagerly awaiting Tendulkar’s biopic

Indian cricket’s poster boy, Virat Kohli, is eagerly looking forward to the release of the biopic of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, the Test captain said here on Monday after launching a new initiative to connect with his legion of fans.

"Everyone knows who I idolised as a kid. He will always remain my idol because of who I came into cricket,” said the 27-year-old Kohli.   -  K. R. Deepak

Indian cricket’s poster boy, Virat Kohli, is eagerly looking forward to the release of the biopic of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, the Test captain said here on Monday after launching a new initiative to connect with his legion of fans.

“Everyone knows who I idolised as a kid. He will always remain my idol because of who I came into cricket. I am very eagerly looking forward to the biopic on Sachin Tendulkar. I have idolised him. That will be something which will be very interesting (to watch),” said the 27-year-old Kohli.

He was answering a question on which of the three soon-to-be released biopics on cricketers — Tendulkar, Mohd Azharuddin and India’s current one-day captain M. S. Dhoni — was he keen to witness after releasing “Virat FanBox”, conceptualised by Singapore-based start-up firm PrivyPlex.

Kohli, at the same time, said that he was also keen to see the other two biopics.

“I’m looking forward to all three, the one on MS which will be a different one, and on Mr Azhar as well,” he added.

Kohli, however, refused to take any questions from the media on cricket or his personal life while also staying away from commenting on the controversy over Bollywood star Salman Khan’s nomination by the Indian Olympic Association as the brand ambassador of the country’s Rio Games contingent.

“That’s not for me to comment on when I don’t know the details. It won’t be proper for me to comment on this platform,” he flatly said.

“Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh and Olympic medalists — two-time podium-finisher Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt — have opposed the move of the IOA to nominate Khan as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent to Rio on Sunday.

When asked about his personal life and relationship with Bollywood starlet Anushka Sharma by a female scribe, Kohli retorted, “That’s for none to know. I do not have to comment on it. How is your personal life and how is it going?”

Connecting with fans

“It’s an important opportunity for the fans to interact with me and the content will also be mostly exclusive, not available on other social media platforms,” said the cricketer about the digital initiative that connects him with the fans.

Costing Rs. 16,999 annually, the ‘Virat FanBox’ claims to offer a direct and unprecedented access to the star cricketer, both online and in real-life, and comes loaded with, among other things, a state-of-the-art smartphone carrying the cricketer’s emblem, designed and manufactured by Motorola.

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