Indians have always loved cricket and Bollywood immensely. While one is a source of entertainment, the other is a sport many Indians worship. But the relationship between cinema and sports is bitter-sweet, as revealed by Sharmila Tagore. In one of her interviews, the former actress revealed that girlfriends or wives of cricketers were not allowed to accompany the players and watch the matches, as they were considered distractions. She dated and then married India's most-celebrated cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
Giving credit to the cricketers for maintaining their calm during the matches, Sharmila Tagore defended Anushka Sharma's right to attend her husband Virat Kohli's matches, saying that no one is distracting anyone by being there for a loved one. She also acknowledged that as an actress she also had faced the public eye, just like the cricketers, when one day you are celebrated and the next day you are hated. Anushka had faced similar situations when she was blamed for Virat's non-performance in a match.
She also remembered the time when she was held responsible for Tiger Pataudi's non-performance on the field. The actress believes that only around 2 percent of the crowd actually understand the game while the others come for the excitement and don't understand the pressures that the cricketers face. Isn't it up to an individual to decide whether a loved one's presence distracts or comforts them, she questioned.Comments