Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has expressed a desire of portraying Sachin Tendulkar, if a film is made on the Little Master.
Aamir, who has been vocal lamenting the retirement of the cricket legend, has revealed that he harbours the desire of starring in a Tendulkar biopic.
The "Dhoom 3" actor's allegiance to Tendulkar has been evident as he recently dedicated his film's song "Dhoom Machale" to the legend and was also seen at the Wankhede Stadium for the cricketer's last match.
In an interview to NDTV, the superstar expressed delight about Tendulkar being awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award and also revealed that the player inspired him for his Oscar-nominated film "Lagaan" (2001).
"I am very happy to hear the news (Bharat Ratna awarded to Sachin), he is one of the jewels of the country...so it's truly deserved," Aamir said.
"His speech was very emotional; I had tears in my eyes. What he spoke really tells about the person he really is. And certainly he touched everyone's heart. I was overwhelmed (with his speech) and am sure everyone else was too. It was emotional moment and he has risen in our eyes even more and set deeper in our hearts. We will really miss him and cricket won't be the same without him."
The actor, widely known as a perfectionist, hailed Sachin, stating, "I don't think in my life I will see a cricketer who will be as good as him or has achieved as much as him. And I am sure he has so much to contribute to India even without playing on the field.
On being asked of his desire to play the legend, the star gave in his nod and shared his anecdote on his cricket-themed superhit "Lagaan".
"It will be an honour to do play him in a film. In fact, when we were shooting for 'Lagaan' for the entire cricket match, Sachin was in my mind all throughout, his expressions when he is on the crease and the intensity of his eyes is what I kept in mind shooting all those sequences. But if a film is made on him, it will be a honour for me to play him."
Aamir, who was on the stands at the Wankhede to watch Tendulkar's 200th Test, also gave away to "Lagaan" DVD to commentator Shane Warne on Friday.