I still remember the time when my dad gifted me my first cricket bat and how significant it was. Growing up and adulating the greatest batsman of all was a privilege for the 90’s kids. That era was dominated by a cricketer who kept on playing and scoring runs like a machine for over two decades, making the nation immensely proud. He is none other than Sachin Tendulkar a.k.a The God of Cricket, who started his cricketing career at the age of 17 and kept on playing for the country for 24 years. Also at the same time, I would like to tell you all this is not some hardcore review of Sachin: A Billion Dreams, but a fan boy writing about a celebration, and that seems alright because, hey, we're doing it for Sachin! We are, for better or worse, hearing Sachin Tendulkar tell his story his own way, and it's interesting to see what he chooses to talk about and in which order.
He is a person who has defined cricket for millions and millions across the globe and made a mark in every cricket fan’s heart. Sachin: A Billion Dreams has showcased the life of this humble yet great cricketer beyond the cricket ground. This docudrama has real time footage right from 1989 when he debuted against Pakistan as a young 17 year old boy, to the complete man he was when he retired from International cricket at Wankhede stadium in 2013. This is not merely a documentary about the batsman who went on to become the greatest cricketer of all time, but also one narrated by himself, telling his story in his own words. It is a story of hard work, dedication and strong resilience helping a person to make his dreams come true and be the person his father wanted him to be.
Be it his passion for the game or the relationship he has with his close ones like his brother Ajit Tendulkar, wife Anjali or his kids Sara and Arjun, it has been portrayed just beautifully in the film. Even the minute detail of his life is shown in the film. For instance, Sachin was named after his parents love towards the late musician Sachin Dev Burman. From the infamous times when Greg Chappell decided to divide the Indian Cricket Team in 2007 World Cup and rule, to the 2011 World Cup when Team India won the World Cup and Sachin’s only dream came true, this man’s unsung saga is just perfectly put in the story. The writer-director James Erskine has so wonderfully portrayed the life of Sachin on the big screen. He has perfectly shown the aura generated by him in India and other cricket playing nations. The director has intelligently weaved the changing political scenarios in the country with different stages of Sachin’s life and made it evident how important this cricketer was in the making of new liberal India.
From the megastar Amitabh Bachchan to our Captain Cool, M.S. Dhoni, to our present Indian skipper Virat Kohli to Sunny Gavaskar, everybody can be seen adulating about the personality Sachin is and the contribution he made to Cricket. The chants of SACHIN SACHIN will definitely make you wish to time travel two decades back where he started his career and spent his life with no malice in his heart for anyone. If you're a believer, you'll smile, sob and love this, because of the subject though and not necessarily the film itself. Film in fact is a scant word. This is a pilgrimage which one cannot miss, not in this lifetime at least. So do not wait for the movie for too long, book your tickets now and witness the greatness of this person with Sachin: A Billion Dreams!