Sachin Tendulkar, a real MARD, recites poem for women

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Mumbai, June 11: Sachin Tendulkar, who has been worshipped as god in the country, joined a journey dedicating to all women. The master-blaster joined Bollywood director-actor Farhan Akhtar in his noble mission -- "Men against Rape and Discrimination (MARD)".

Sachin recited a poem in Marathi. The news was confirmed by Farhan Akhtar who tweeted, "MARD poem recorded in Marathi and Telugu by Sachin Tendulkar and Mahesh Babu. Our voice for equality and end to violence grows stronger."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p><a href="">#MARD</a> poem recorded in Marathi and Telegu by Sachin Tendulkar and Mahesh Babu. Our voice for equality and end to violence grows stronger.</p>— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) <a href="">June 7, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

The poem was written by famous lyricist and Farhan's father Javed Akhtar. It has been translated into different regional languages such as -- Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi and Marathi.

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"During the World Cup final win too, Sachin had specially mentioned the women - wife Anjali and daughter Sara - in his life. So, of course, we knew that he feels strongly about it," said Atul Kasbekar whose company is a part of Farhan's mission MARD.

Speaking about their meeting with the cricketer and his immediate response to their proposal, Kasbekar said, "Farhan and I met him at Oberoi. It took him five minutes to go through details and say yes. In fact, Sachin only called us up and asked if we would want to record it before he goes off on a holiday. So within a day, we went ahead with it since Farhan had just come back from his holiday at that time."

Explaining his aim behind MARD, Farhan had claimed that its not just government's responsibility to create a safer environment for women. He says at an individual level also we should try and bring about a change.

"If we say that it's only the police's job and we only sit at home and play victim and keep watching what is happening, then that's wrong. At an individual level we should try and bring about a change," the actor-director added.

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