One for the Master!

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Mumbai, Nov. 14 -- Stars and fans seem to inhabit completely different worlds.    The former bask in the attention, while the latter just hope to get a precious, personal moment with their icons. While Bollywood actors know all about being the cynosure of all eyes, we realise that Sachin Tendulkar makes awestruck fans out of them too. As the man they call 'God of Cricket' gets ready to play his last international match, Bollywood stars share with us their fanboy moments.   

'I stood there frozen'  SHAHID KAPOOR     I was in an elevator once when Sachin stepped in with a bat and he had headphones on. I stood there frozen. He was in his own space, and I didn't think he would recognise me. I didn't know what to say. When he stepped out, his bodyguard whispered to him and he turned around and said, 'Hi Shahid, how are you? I didn't see you in the lift.' I just said, 'Hi sir, I'm a really big fan.'     

"When you meet Sachin, you feel awed'  IMRAN KHAN     This one time, he was doing commentary and I was in the box with mamu (Aamir Khan), but what proves his genius is the way he was doing it. He was five seconds in the future, pre-empting the bowler's delivery, and then the shot the batsman would play. I won't call myself a great cricket fan, but when you meet Sachin, you feel a little awed.    

'I was touched by his humility'  SIDHARTH MALHOTRA     Ayan Mukerji (director), a few assistant directors and I were at a restaurant last year, when we saw Sachin at the next table. One of us knew him, so we all said 'hi' when he passed us.    Although I wasn't a known face then, I was touched by his humility when he said, 'Hi, how are you?' I realised what being a fan means; and the emotions they go through when they meet their icons.   

 'He asked if I played professional cricket'  SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT     I played cricket with him when I met him this year (for a TV show). Can you imagine having Sachin teach you how to play the cover drive? I had just finished (cricket) training for Kai Po Che, so my technique was okay, but he asked me if I played professional cricket. I could'nt belive it.