Well, India loves its cricketers and actors. Polemic writers, artists can either unwind in exile, or fight to stay away from prison-for another hundred years, guys. Cricket and cinema, meanwhile, will dominate and continue their, often, crisscrossed love affair. The Indian Premier League and Celebrity Cricket League, a case in point.
A plethora of similarities, some miniscule differences:
- Both have stars, and in a given day, are compared to Gods, Sun, Moon, and all the adjectives of ‘great’.
- Salman/Saurav and waving of shirts- make the association.
- Eerily similar looking with liberal doses of sunscreen- the film stars winning by a slender margin, though. In a ‘painted cat looks good,’ kind of way, they do look cute. Indeed, we in India, with our penchant for fair skin, should embrace this style in the streets- Zombie beauties!
- Luck is valued by both camps. A red kerchief, overuse of ‘K’, addition of multiple ‘I’ or ‘e’ in the name, for some.
- Realize their star power and get to peep from advertisements. My goodness, the India captain appears every two second on TV, peddling almost everything on the planet-pens, mobiles, shirts, shoes, soft drinks, watches, hair cream, chyawanprash, and …
- Perpetually high regard for the ‘privacy settings’. However, discount for the entourage of ‘yes men’, body guards, person trainers…
- The stars, former rebels, would have cut classes to play cricket or watch movies. While the obedient son who consumed his book, gets to cheer the cricketers, and wave frantically to get the attention of the cameras.
Fittingly, cricketers act in movies and film stars play cricket. At times hilarious, like the insipid commentary of the CCL – do they think they are in a funeral home? Oh no, a requiem sounds better, any day.
Hey, will leave the differences to you.