Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar and AR Rahman

"I think I always invent or discover! But history never lets me do so!" - Myself!





I was lazy enough at night to do a Google search on AR Rahman and Sachin Tendulkar as I was about to write their having a lot of things in common! Out of curiosity, I did have a search after I posted the previous article! Such an article had already arrived when Mohammed Kaif was playing cricket for India! I had the same comparison conception plenty of years back which was a random thought that kept recurring!

But just as you have Sachin and Rahman being similar, there are thinkers who think similar! "Wise men think alike" is always a consolation prize in reality! Here is an article that interested me from a blog!

A startling but very logical coincidences between 2 of the greatest men of 90s. They characterized the 90s and were icons of the youth at that time (including me). Just see the startling similarities between these 2:

Comprehensive similarities between A.R.Rahman and Sachin Tendulkar:

Entry into their respective fields:
A.R.Rahman: 1992
Sachin Tendulkar: 1989

They were an instant hit because:
A.R.Rahman: Blasting music, classical songs at a very young age
Sachin Tendulkar: Swashbuckling batting and a great cricketing sense at a very young age



How they stood out from others?
A.R.Rahman: First to bring digital touch to Indian music and compose fusion that no one else dares to think off
Sachin Tendulkar: First to explore the first 15-over field restrictions, score centuries at bouncy, tough tracks like Perth.

As time moved on:
A.R.Rahman: Stopped producing blasting music, instead delivered Classical melodies like Taal & swades out of maturity.
Sachin Tendulkar: Stopped going over the top to bowlers, instead played exquisite drives and late cuts and produced innings with a lot of maturity.

Character similarity:
A.R.Rahman: Shy towards media and lets his keyboard answer his critics
Sachin Tendulkar: Shy towards media and lets his bat answer his critics

Media point of view:
A.R.Rahman: Darling of Mumbai and London press
Sachin Tendulkar: Darling of Mumbai and London press

International attention:
A.R.Rahman: Admired by Andrew Lloyd Webber , Micheal jackson (who wore a t-shirt having Rahman's photo on it which says, "Legend, I salute you!") and many other international music reviewers who want him to compose for Hollywood films.
Sachin Tendulkar: Adored by the man himself the "DON Bradman", Mike Atherton (who compared Sachin to W.G.Grace) and a never ending list of Australian, English, Kiwi, West-indian players.

Earnings:
A.R.Rahman: Draws 1 Crore/ film, ambassador of Bharti telecom, sizzled with the Airtel ad
Sachin Tendulkar: unimaginable money on contracts with big commercial giants and sizzles in Pepsi ads

Records:
A.R.Rahman: 4 national awards, 16 filmfare awards, his music sold 200 million copies around the world and success rate of 80%+ album sales in Indian movies.
Sachin Tendulkar: Look at this for a record: 46 ODI centuries, 47 TEST centuries, 17,000+ runs in ODI's, 44+ average in ODI's and 52+ average in Tests. What else u can ask for?

Popularity:
A.R.Rahman: Has a huge fan following in India and in south he is a demi-god and captures the imagination of NRI's throughout the world.
Sachin Tendulkar: According to a survey, he is the most popular man in the Country edging out the Prime minister and Shah-rukh-khan. He is popular in places like the U.S where even the game is not that popular (featured in an exclusive article in an American sports magazine)

Career Graph & Present form:
A.R.Rahman: Had fabulous nineties with all his albums doing well in this time. Reached dizzying heights during this period. Had flops with major banners since 2001, which got the critics interested. Had a great 2003 within this lean patch with Boys creating sales records. His fans base however is intact, proved that with success of "A Ah" album.

Sachin Tendulkar: The star of 90’s, his batting propelled him into a youth icon status in India and was concurred with many awards from the government. Being pressurized by the detractors for an imaginary loss of form and injury worries since 2001. Had a great world cup 2003 scoring runs at will. Recently has had a good innings in a one-day match to prove that he is still fit.
(Their career-graph is one of the most fascinating things I have ever noticed, they always seem to have good times together. Bad times also coincide for both of them)

Fans:
A.R.Rahman: Die-hard fans want him to go back to 90’s style of composing
Sachin Tendulkar: Never say die fans want him to take up 90s style of swashbuckling batting.

Successors:
A.R.Rahman: His successors like Yuvan shankar raja and himesh reshammiya are more successful than him right now but no way near to him in terms of class. (I disagree with this point)
Sachin Tendulkar: Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif (with this one also) are more popular with people than him right now but as the old west-Indian saying goes: FORM IS TEMPORARY BUT CLASS IS PERMANENT.

Duplicates:
A.R.Rahman: Has a duplicate called Harris jeyaraj who not only copies his music and composing style but also his hairstyle and way of speaking in interviews. (Highly agreeable point)
Sachin Tendulkar: Virendar sehwag, a natural duplicate of Sachin Tendulkar with looks and batting style similar to him. Virender Sehwag is called as the “Najafgarh ka Tendulkar”. (Najafgarh is Virendar sehwag’s hometown.)

Where will they end up?:
A.R.Rahman: Probably will put India into the world map of music and create records which upcoming Indain M.D's can just dream off.
Sachin Tendulkar: It would probably take an android or a special species of human being to erase his record in Cricket. Will always be remembered as the greatest ever Batsman of modern era!

What fascinated me was the similarity in the thoughts of Harris Jeyaraj as the duplicate for A.R.Rahman and Virender Sehwag as the duplicate for Sachin Tendulkar. Virender Sehwag became famous in the year 2001, I guess with his quick hundred against New Zealand, if I am right. Similarly, Harris Jeyaraj became famous in 2001 with 'Minnale".

This comparison was already made and posted on a forum by a guy called Maddy! The other thoughts are my own!

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1 comment:

  1. You wrote this in 2010? Why no mention of Rahman's Oscars.

    ReplyDelete

Hi, this is a place to disagree with me! I know I am not perfect and not perfect more as a writer! I love to read those who disagree! Your voices are constantly heard by me! What you say will be listened to! I will personally and surely answer all your questions and responses!