Sachin A Billion Dreams, directed by James Erskine, is the biography based on the life and times of Sachin Tendulkar and is now released in theatres. To know more keep reading CRB Tech Reviews.
Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Arjun Tendulkar, Shane Warne and others
Direction: James Erskine
The content of the movie is already great. Throughout the 2 hour-plus running time, most of the film consists of footage from Sachin's pivotal moments on the 22 yards, occasionally done by Sachin's commentary in the present day. Rest of the time, other players or family members were speaking of Sachin Tendulkar in the superlative.
In India, Sachin Tendulkar is considered a god. Others might be Dada, the Wall, sure, but, they are mortals. Sachin is not. The docudrama is not boring or tedious. Mainly because the intended audience for the film is already in love with the hero.
The heroism of Sachin has been established in the public for over two decades. Cricket-watching Indians who grew up with Sachin Tendulkar know his entire cricketing history by heart.
Hence, for the viewers, Sachin, the man at the centre of the film, is already a superhero, and everybody knows his story. There is nothing that is unheard as in case of, say, Indian boxer Mary Kom whose biopic released in 2014. Generations of Indians have been witnessing to the Sachin story and his tales have been repeated again and again for years, in articles, sports programmes, among all, discussing Sachin Tendulkar records, Sachin Tendulkar centuries, and his hits and misses an infinite number of times. The fact is that, it repeated the story just one more time. And that worked.
A young Sachin Tendulkar, his parents, his coach Ramakant Achrekar are played by actors for the first 15 minutes. This was the only dramatisation of real events that you see. Right around the time Sachin makes his debut in international cricket, the film switches to documentary-mode and from there, it’s breathtaking.
The movie covers Sachin debuting against Pakistan in 1989, and then it’s the story of the rise through the ranks to become one of the most talented batsmen in the world. The film shows how Sachin's maddening popularity led to the spread of cricket-mania across the country which directly profited BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the sports channels.
Sachin's father, dies in the middle of the 1999 World Cup and within a couple of days, he is back on the field. The film shows Sachin feeling uncomfortable with captaincy and how it affected his batting. It gives a glimpse at Sachin trying to cope with the match-fixing scandal in 2000. After that, Sachin picks himself up and with a new captain, Sourav Ganguly, the team appears to shot at the World Cup in 2003.
Certain events, had the power to portray Sachin in an ambiguous manner, such as the Mike Denness-ball tampering incident or the Harbhajan Singh-racism controversy during the 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, are not touched. His friendship with Vinod Kambli which was in rough waters is skipped.
In short, there is nothing about Sachin Tendulkar Biography that was unknown or unheard.
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