Lifesize statue of Sachin Tendulkar unveiled at City Center in the presence of celebrities

By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN

newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com

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Kolkata, November 26 (Washington Bangla Radio): “RED FM pe Sachin not out!” is a unique program started by Red FM, one of the most popular radio stations in the city. This initiative was meant to pay tribute to the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The station ran two hundred hours of non- stop Sachin Programming. For two hundred hours, 8.5 days, day and night, all the RJs of the channel have lived and breathed Sachin. RED FM is the “BajateRaho” station of the city and cricket is incidentally the “BajateRaho” sport of the nation. Hence cricket has been a part of the programming of RED FM. RED FM peSachin 200 not out is an ultimate expression of the initiative. The grand finale of this activity took place at City Center, Salt Lake with the unveiling of the life size statue of the master blaster. Actors NusratJahaan, Soham, Rahul, Suman, Bengal cricketer JoyjeetBasu and Arjuna Awardee JoydeepKarmakar were present at the statue unveiling program.

“Film stars like KareenaKapoor, DeepikaPadukone, Sanjay LeelaBhansali and cricketers like VVS Laxman, Charu Sharma, WakarYounis all came on board to talk about Sachin Tendulkar and his contribution to the game. Apart from them, listeners from all walks of life came forward to pour their heart out for the cricketer in their own ways. A salon offered Sachin styled haircuts to the people, while a restaurant joined hands with RED FM to serve special dishes. This initiative was taken up by us in twelve cities simultaneously” said RJ Vineet, one of the RJs who was a part of this initiative.

“When I first got a call to unveil a statue of Sachin from RED FM I said yes at once, I have grown up watching him play and to be a part of an event where he will be honored is a proud moment for me. I always wanted to meet him in person, but that did not happen. So I came here to at least meet the real life statue of the person. Due to my work schedule I missed out watching the master blaster play the penultimate match in Eden Gardens and I regret the fact” said NusraatJahan. The actress will begin shooting for a film in December which is to be released the coming year.

JoydeepKarmakar differed on Sachin being called as a God. “We hardly learn anything from God. But we learn so many things from Sachin Tendulkar. He is the ideal son, great team mate, loving husband and a doting father. We all have so much to learn from him. And even after so much fame, he is a humble down to earth person” said the Olympian shooter.

Actor Rahul who was also present at the occasion highlighted on the fact that he was merely representing the crores of common people who loved the man- Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin has given us enough reasons to celebrate throughout his astonishing career and with this initiative RED FM celebrated and remembered his remarkable journey as a cricketer.