Sachin: A Billion Dreams, a biographical documentary film by James Erskine, celebrates the life of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, his highs as well as lows, philosophy of life, value system, humility, assertiveness etc. mostly narrated in his own words. His very presence in the film makes it very special and real. It was like reliving those moments, which we have watched on television, along with the legend himself. This film shall not be reviewed keeping the box office numbers or commercial value attached to it since the film is all about the number of centuries earned by Sachin on field, the number of records created by him during his 24 years of professional cricketing career and how he and cricket became synonyms. This film certainly can’t be compared to MS Dhoni or even Azhar since the format of this film is entirely different. The audience was not happy with the superficial touch given to Azhar whereas MS Dhoni became a huge hit commercially, people loved this film. Both the real and reel Dhoni were appreciated for an honest and entertaining treatment given to the film. And here is a documentary film on one of the greatest cricket player which our country and the world has seen- Sachin Tendulkar. It is about Sachin’s life in his own words and also in words of people associated with him during his journey. The narratives by him and others add a lot of credibility to the whole film. Indeed his insurmountable achievements are very well documented, and it may appear as a replay on screen, but Sachin’s narratives do let us know what was actually going on in his mind during every victory or loss. Another unique phenomenon which is used in the film is linking the journey of Sachin with India’s positioning in the global map. Glimpses from India’s partition days to India of today’s date are shown interspersed with the film which talked about the transformation of India in parallel to Sachin’s incredible journey. The title of the film is absolutely justified since it is not only about Sachin but about India, all those billion dreams and expectations when Sachin stepped on to the field and how Sachin aligned his dreams with the Nation’s dreams. So, for me, this is not a film, rather beyond that, depicting the very life of a living legend, a genius, who will always remain the pride of our country. If you are a cricket fan, you would certainly not like to miss this one.
It is adorable to watch the little Sachin as a very naughty child. One can hardly believe that there was this naughty side as well to Sachin. He had tremendous energy as a child, and his brother Ajit Tendulkar introduced him to the game of cricket when he got a cricket bat as a gift from his sister. Ajit, who could see a spark in his brother, took Sachin to Ramakant Vithal Achrekar so as to get coaching from him. And Sachin’s journey began at Shivaji Park. The film does talk of his strong bond with family members and friends. His father instilled a great value system in him to be a great human being first.
Family videos shown in the film did show lovely moments of his life with Anjali and kids Sara and Arjun. His wedding video, moments of Sara and Arjun’s birth, he playing with kids, his time with friends etc. brings forth his personal side as well.
While watching the film, I did experience his highs, lows, his pain of losing a match, his excitement after winning a match etc. It is also great to see certain aspects of his playing various roles in life other than a cricketer viz. that of a son, brother, father, husband, and friend. I did get goosebumps with the thundering applause Sachin received every time he entered the ground to play, the kind of euphoria the very name Sachin created. His farewell speech of 2013 did move me.
It could be possible that people who are not cricket lovers might find the tone of the film to be very plain and not very entertaining.
Sachin’s journey does reiterate the fact that one has to be committed, honest, consistent, persistent and hard working in life. Complacency is the enemy of excellence. Especially when one plays for the country when huge expectations are there from the player, one certainly feels tremendous pressure to perform, at the same time, it is a great responsibility. Mistakes can’t be afforded. And Sachin’s life does go through lows, be it his non-performance during captaincy, his getting removed as Indian Cricket Team’s Captain overnight, match-fixing controversies of team members, people getting wild with the failures etc. Sachin believed in the value system instilled by his father that a player can’t be bigger than the team, got back in form with much harder practice. Injuries and failures used to hurt him, but then he focused on his dream of holding the world cup in his hand. What an incredible 24 years of the journey from 1989 to 2013.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams celebrates the life of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, his highs as well as lows, philosophy of life, value system, humility, assertiveness etc. Indeed his insurmountable achievements are very well documented, and it may appear as a replay on screen, but Sachin’s narratives do let us know what was actually going on in his mind during every victory or loss. If you are a cricket fan, you would certainly not like to miss this one. Sachin is indeed not a name, it is an emotion. A tribute to the living legend.
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)
Cast and Crew Details: Source – Wikipedia Page
Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, Sara Tendulkar, Arjun Tendulkar, Ramakant Achrekar, Ajit Tendulkar, Mayuresh Pem (Nitin Tendulkar), Many players of Indian Cricket Team, Sachin’s parents
Direction: James Erskine
Produced by: Ravi Bhagchandka
Written by: James Erskine, Sivakumar Ananth
Music: AR Rahman
Edited by: Avdesh Mohla
Production Company: 200 Not Out Productions
Release Date: 26th May, 2017
Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes