ICC Hall of Famer Sachin Tendulkar celebrated the launch of Fit India movement by doing what he does the best, playing cricket. The Master Blaster was spotted playing cricket with celebrities Abhishek Bachchan and Varun Dhawan along with other crew members while shooting. Speaking at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi, Prime Minister urged all to make it a mass movement similar to that of Swaach Bharat Mission. At a colorful ceremony, which included a presentation of India's indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, the Prime Minister said that technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle but fitness has been an integral part of India's culture. He said that the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future.
On the eve of the launch of the Fit India movement, Sachin Tendulkar marked the celebrations by playing a game of cricket with Jr Bachchan and Varun Dhawan while he was shooting. In a video posted by Sachin Tendulkar, the Master Blaster can be seen attempting a few shots as Indian actor Varun Dhawan bowls to the legend. Tendulkar is also seen having a try with the ball, as he is seen bowling. An energetic Sachin Tendulkar can be heard helping bowlers with suggestions of how and where to bowl. Both Varun Dhawan and Abhishek Bachchan can be seen hugging Sachin Tendulkar at the end of the play. Here's the video posted by Sachin Tendulkar:
It’s always good to mix work with play.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 29, 2019
Had a lot of fun playing cricket with the crew during a shoot & was pleasantly surprised with @Varun_dvn dropping by along with @juniorbachchan who joined us for some time. 😀#SportPlayingNation#FitIndiaMovement pic.twitter.com/sPqLUY08NH
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the 'Fit India Movement' and said that health consciousness is the key to good health. Meanwhile, the launch was also attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year's National Sports Awards winners among others. "We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians. I am so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard," Rijiju said at the launch. The Prime Minister congratulated the winners of the national sports awards and lauded India's sporting achievements. "Be it boxing, badminton, tennis or any sport, our athletes are giving new wings to our aspirations. Their medals are not just a result of their hard work but also a reflection of a new India's confidence," he said
Rebuking people who do not walk the talk on fitness, PM Modi said that people claim not having sufficient time to focus on fitness. He added that people overeat while debating on dieting. He also shared the sorry state of home gyms. He claimed that some people buy gadgets to help them become fit, but forget to use it.
"Many of you are aware and alert. But in the country, there are many who do not have the time to focus on their fitness. Some things have become a fashion statement. While dining with friends, some people eat more than required and debate about dieting. Such people talk about fitness in rhetoric and buy gadgets related to dieting. They keep such gadgets in the hope of doing dieting. They also have home gyms. But they have to employ people to clean the equipment as they do not use this equipment ever. Such people download fitness apps first. Then they forget about these apps." he added.