Talking to the PTI, Sharmila Tagore expressed deep regret for not attending the lecture. "I am really very sad that I couldn't make it to Chennai for the inaugural lecture. I am suffering from severe bout of food poisoning and it became impossible for me to attend the event," Tagore said.
Reportedly, Sharmila Tagore was clueless about Sunil Gavaskar's inaugural lecture, that was being streamed live. "Is it so? I didn't have a clue. I knew that it would be aired tomorrow," she said. Sharmila further said that all the other members of the family (Saif, Soha and Saba) were too busy, hence she was the only one left free to do the honours. But unfortunately, she too had fallen ill.