To be a great player is difficult. A legendary one close to impossible. The subject of our latest blind item has been both. Some have compared him to the almighty. But a Khabri now tells us that this gentleman is not so gentlemanly when it comes to shooting for television. We are told that not only is the ex-player surrounded by an entourage when he comes to shoot, he also makes sure that the production foots the bill for all present.
On the first day of his debut shoot as an expert commentator for the ongoing World Cup in England, the Mumbai local or MumBoy, ordered lunch worth… wait for it… 2.5 lakhs. No alcohol, just food. The star apparently likes to move with a group of guards and likes to keep them well fed as long as someone else is paying for it. Two lakh fifty thousand is a huge amount, even more so when you write that number down in words. Never mind that the channel in question is one of the richest with some great sports programming to air.
Our Khabri, fielding at silly point, has been witness to the sports stars tantrums as well. We are told that the star prefers to be shot at a particular angle only. An angle that he thinks works best for his looks. He also doesn’t shy away from telling the show producer and the crew how he needs to be shot considering he has been part of numerous commercials in his prime.
Our spy also tells us that while the crew was in awe of the legend on his first day in the studio, it looks like he may have lost more than a few fans on Day 1 itself. To tell you the truth, we were looking forward to giving you the pitch report on the legend's first day as a cricket commentator, but all WE got is this bitch report. Sad but true!Read More