From a naughty, care-free kid to a Bharat Ratna awardee, Indian cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar’s story of two decades of 22 yards is beautifully chronicled in Sachin: A Billions Dreams, which released today. It is the most popular and known story the world over, but it is Director James Erskine’s detailing that stands out as he weaves seamlessly a story that every Indian has been part of and can relate to.
Most of the film duration has been footages of Sachin’s journey from making his debut in the Test series against Pakistan in 1989 to his last day at office at Wankhede in 2013. But in between them, Erskine puts in enough masala and story to make it more than a documentary. It touches the pulse of the cricket fans in the auditorium and for once brings the stadium in the hall.
It brings in enough funny and nostalgic anecdotes from Sachin’s closed and loved ones. His mother recollects how Sachin used to leave a frog in the tiffin during his prankster days in childhood, how Anjali met Tendulkar and went on to meet Sachin’s family for marriage and how his elder brother Ajit and Sachin lived the cricketing dreams together.
It also has some personal and private videos of Sachin Tendulkar’s life. His marriage video with Anjali will leave one in splits as it was shot in the 1990s wedding style with camera zooming in on the couple, and creating various shapes of the duo. Sachin’s fun times with kids is also shared in the film to highlight the family person the cricketing god is.
The film also touches controversial aspects of Sachin’s career. Sachin answers all the questions with ease. He answers his reason to be silent on match-fixing saga in 2000, the tough times during the 2007 World Cup debacle and his reluctance to accept captaincy the second time.
Most of the film revolves around Sachin’s dream of winning the World Cup which he finally achieves it in 2011. Till then, the movie covers all the failed and heartbreaking attempts of Sachin and Team India in achieving this dream. Sachin even says he had given it up on this dream once post the 2007 World Cup debacle and retire from cricket before a call from his hero Sir Viv Richards made him change his mind and go for another shot at glory.
Sachin!!!Sachin!!! Sachin!!!Sachin!!! The chorus echoes during important juncture of the movie and it definitely brings goosebumps. It also gets emotional at times when Tendulkar recounts his tough days and how he overcame it. But in the end, Sachin said he has no reason to complain and he wants nothing to change with the life he has lived.
Overall, if you are a Sachin’s fan whose life has run parallel with the cricketing god’s career, the movie is a must-watch as it will transport you to your past when a Sachin’s straight drive and ton is what all mattered to you.