The Bollywood glitterati, business tycoons, politicians and members of the Indian cricket team were in attendance at a dinner party thrown by Sachin Tendulkar in a hotel in Andheri East on Monday. The 40-year-old Tendulkar retired from cricket on Saturday. Among the prominent Bollywood stars were Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Rahul Bose and director Karan Johar. Tendulkar's guru and coach Ramakant Achrekar was among the select gathering. (Related: Sachin plans to write an autobiography)
Dressed in a black suit, Tendulkar accompanied by his wife Anjali, also in black, personally welcomed the guests as security was watertight. Among the political heavyweights, Union Minister Sharad Pawar, Raj Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan attended the party. Tendulkar's mentor Sunil Gavaskar and the chairman of the selection committee Sandeep Patil and former opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth were among the early guests who arrived. Nita Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians and Subrata Roy of Sahara were also part of the gathering. Melody queen Asha Bhosle and Tendulkar's former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag were also present. Indian skipper MS Dhoni came with his wife Sakshi while Harbhajan Singh arrived with girlfriend Geeta Basra. Others present at the party included Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma. (In pics: Celebrity roll call at Sachin's bash)
It's been a busy few days for Tendulkar. After an emotional farewell from his teammates and a packed Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, Tendulkar, on Sunday evening, spoke to the media for the first time since hanging up his boots. "After 24 years, give me at least 24 days to rest before I decide on my next moves," he had told the media. But it is very unlikely that the darling of Indian cricket, even after he has retired, is going to relax anytime soon. Monday, surely, was a long night. (Dedicate Bharat Ratna to all mothers: Sachin)
Monday's party was a private affair but with the who's who of the nation in attendance, how could the media be far behind. Flashbulbs popped and TV cameras whirred as celebrities walked in. The attention on Tendulkar just refuses to go away. Given the high security, media reporters were kept at bay and all efforts to grab a quote or two went in vain.