Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Review

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Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Review

 

 

Sachin: A Billion Dreams is an upcoming 2017 Indian biographical film written and directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions. The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. The film is scheduled to be released on 26 May 2017. The film captures Tendulkar’s cricket and personal life in substantial detail, as well as reveals few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before. The film is simultaneously shot in Hindi,Marathi and English. Dubs of this film will be released in Tamil and Telugu.

Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: James Erskine
Produced by: Ravi Bhagchandka, Carnival Motion Pictures
Starring: Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Mayuresh Pem
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Story Line:

Sachin Tendulkar plays himself in this sports-docudrama that traces the life and times of one of the world’s biggest cricket phenomenas. When the protagonist has been the collective voice and conscience of India’s cricketing history, then he’s a tough subject to make a film on. Naturally, James Erskine puts Sachin on a pedestal and tells the story with an unnatural amount of reverence.

It’s a treat to get a peek into Sachin’s childhood. And it’s also a fan-shriek moment to see footage of him in his personal space, looped to Dire Straits and Bappi Lahiri with his wife Anjali, his children Arjun and Sara, his family and friends. The fact that Sachin is the sutradhar(narrator)who walks the viewer through his victories and injuries is an additional bonus.

Tendulkar fanatics can also feel the adrenaline rush because the film revisits his introduction to the world yes, the time when he hit Pakistan’s Abdul Qadir for four sixes in one over at the 1989 Exhibition Match. And yet another indelible memory revisited here, is the one in which he reduced Australia’s Shane Warne into a punching bag in the 1998 Chennai test against the Aussies. His achievements are far too many to be accommodated in one film! Cynics may argue that YouTube has it all, but for those whom Sachin is an emotion, watching this footage on the big screen and without constantly having to hit the search button, the experience is priceless. But, wait there’s a flip side too. Most controversies around the cricketing God are glossed over. Many of us (me included) die-hard Sachin fans are ready to face the fact that our icon may have displayed feet of clay on occasion. However, the film doesn’t take chances. Sachin’s poor performances in some key matches and his reluctance to comment on some of his boorish seniors are just touched on fleetingly.

The hagiographic narrative continues with commentators, critics and colleagues Dhoni, Kohli, Ganguly, Sehwag and Harbhajan are (sigh!) only eulogizing the Little Master.

Tendulkar since retirement has noticeably become a walking-talking PR machine. That has not gone down well with too many of his fans, while critics have feasted upon it. The fear for many fans with this movie was that it would fall into that category. Sure enough, the movie paints him as an infallible individual but it also offers a reminder of the effort that went into a little naughty kid in Bandra East becoming the greatest cricketer this country has seen.

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