Cinema, cricket will always be a unifier: Amitabh

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 20:27 PM IST

New Delhi: The euphoria around India`s World Cup victory has still not sunk in, says Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who believes that there is no greater unifier in the country than cinema and cricket.

"A prominent author and thinker on a public platform admitted that sport and film were the two most fertile ingredients in bringing a nation together. Nothing could be truer. They always were and shall always be, a unifier," Amitabh posted on his blog www.bigb.bigadda.com in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The 68-year-old, who sent congratulatory messages to Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, hit the streets with his son, Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya, in their car, to celebrate India`s win with Mumbaikars Saturday night.

"The joyous mood retains its vigor. God bless them, their effort and the effort of the entire team. And god bless India. 11 Indians have invigorated an entire nation of almost a billion and half, and perhaps in other parts of the world too with their dedication," he added.

Amitabh finds it "bizarre" that after playing together for the home country, cricketers will now be battling against each other in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning Friday.

"It still has not sunk in. And really they have very little time on their hands for it to do so, for, in another couple of days all those that participated for their country, shall now be pushing their energies and allegiance to their respective teams in the IPL, about to start on the 8th of this month!!

"Those against the other shall now be playing for each other in the same team! And shall be fighting with equal vigor and commitment for their side, as they did for the WC! This is such a bizarre situation. How soon sentiments shall shift from national to personal teams representing different regions of the country. Rivals for the past month, team mates for the next!!," he posted.

Showing concern for the fans, he wrote: "And the fans and the followers and the supporters. What of them ? How quickly they shall have to change their minds and thoughts too - rooting for those they wanted to win, now against them. Cricket is a funny business!!."

IANS