On India TV, Baby Durga says “Sachin mera param bhakt” as a lady in a skimpy apsara choli sits besides her, smiling benignly.
A huge poster of Praveen Kumar, in the throes of passion, towers over the highway, with one look at the picture enough to convince one that the man got injured while doing that expression.
A news channel shows an half-hour slot on different dancing styles of Team India—including action footage of Sreesanth, Yuvraj and Bhajji.
Veena Malik, the female Kasab, romances a cut-out of Yuvraj Singh on India TV’s visionary show “Big Toss” as his father looks on approvingly while other assorted third rate celebrities—batsmen, bowlers and even all-rounders [e.g. Rakhi and Slyvie]) deliberate on cricket, a panel of geniuses whose combined knowledge of the great game is beaten only by the panel of Vinod Kambli and Sairaj Bahutule on Star News.
Some bemused Japanese tourists at Varanasi are made to hold a garlanded picture of Sachin as a huge prayer convention, with an army of saffron sadhus, is held for India’s success.
Topless Indian cricketers in blue body paint remind one of Pooja Bhatt’s Demi Moore inspired cover from the 90s.
Sonu Nigam sinks more deeply into his Celine Dion avatar in the World Cup opening show. Brian Adams sings “Summer of 69” and Yuvraj says “What? IPL after-party already?”
Manmohan Singh, while discussing the 2G scam, is a question away from being asked “Sir do you think Raina should play instead of Yuvraj?” and the great man is an answer away from saying “Whatever our coalition partners want”.
Dhoni practicing helicopter shot by making sugarcane juice, Harbhajan getting “ungli main tingli” (a condition straight out of “Gunda”) , Pietersen doing an “ek tarbooza put inside” in honor of “Jahaan nimboo naheen ghusta wahaan nariyel ghused deta hai” and a lady cutting onions and cooking in anticipation of a bigger job later on.
The Indian World Cup team of 83 making more money appearing in TV programs now than they did by winning the World Cup.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy, who seem to have taken a no-bid contract on “official” songs, belt out their pumping World Cup theme, as pumping and inspirational as a Manmohan Singh speech.
Yes the World Cup is about to begin. But the circus has already started.