Cast: Sachin Tendulkar
Director: James Erskine
Producers: Ravi Bhagchandka, Carnival Motion Pictures
Writers: James Erskine, Sivakumar Ananth
What's Yay: Direction, Editing, Rare Footages
What's Nay: A crowd who has grown up on the staple of T20 and IPL might not feel that adrenaline rush like the ones who have grown up watching Sachin's game.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Iconic Moment: You can't escape yourself from getting goosebumps each time you hear the 'Sachin Sachin' chant playing in the film!
"Mere baba hamesha mujhse kehte thhe ki tumne zindagi mein cricket ko chuna hai, yeh ek baat hai...lekin aakhir tak joh baat tumhare saath rahegi...woh yeh hogi ki tum insaan kaise ho", as Sachin Tendulkar narrates this advice given to him by his father, you realise that the Master Blaster has stayed true to each of these words and that's exactly what makes him an inspiring figure to many.
We get introduced to a kid which is full of mischief and energy. Someone who loves tricking his friends into falling into hidden pits or puncturing all the tyres of a car. That's young Sachin for you!
Few moments later, it's time for some emotions to run high as you get to see how a cricket bat brought as a gift by his sister from Kashmir and India's truimph at the 1983 World Cup changes the course of his life as a dream lits up in his eyes.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams talks about the trials, tribulations, hopes and desires of a boy from a middle-class family who dared to dream big. How his parents, brother Ajit, his coach Ramkant Achrekar and his wife Anjali had a major role to play in making him Sachin- 'The God Of Cricket'.
It also gives us a sneak-peek into Sachin- Anjali's love story which seems to be straight out of a Bollywood film. Watch out for the scene where Sachin recollects how he asked his then-girlfriend Anjali to talk his parents and seek his hand for marriage!
Right from his epic battle with spin wizard Shane Warne on the cricket field to him playing it brilliantly despite being down with a bleeding nose; all thanks to a nasty Younis bouncer, the film gives you a chance to relive those moments from his career once again and celebrate the man behind this legend.
'When people throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones' and that's exactly what Sachin did to pull himself out of the dark times.
During the final moments of the film, you can't help yourself tearing up when you hear his emotional retirement speech at Wankhade!
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a docu-drama. But it's James Erskine's brilliant direction which never leaves a room for a dull moment in the film.
He has beautifully captured the spirit of cricket in India through Sachin's journey and given us plenty of moments to rewind back to our childhood memories of watching this cricketing icon playing on field and breaking records.
There's the time where Sachin's elder brother Ajit Tendulkar takes him to the legendary cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar when he discovers a 'cricketing' spark in him.
On the field, the very first ball that Sachin faces destroys his stumps. You see him dejected. Meanwhile Ajit tries to reason with Achrekar that Sachin will pick up the game soon.
And the very next ball gets hit for the straight drive that was to become his signature move for the coming years.
Impressed, Achekar asks Ajit: 'Naam kya bataya tumhare bhai ka?'
Cut to, you hear commentator Tony Grieg announcing in his distinct voice: 'Sachin Tendulkar'! Well, that's the magic of Avdhesh Mohla's editing.
The makers have added real visuals from the matches and some rare footage from Sachin's personal moments which makes the film even more engrossing!
A. R Rahman's music fits like a glove to the film. The songs are a part of the narrative and keeps you engaged.
Whether a Sachin Tendulkar fan or not, this film will leave you cheering and hooting for sure along with some nostalgia dripping!
You will realize what was it about this Mumbai boy that made one of the greatest batsman of all times, Sir Donald Bradman once say, 'I see myself when I see Sachin batting'.
In a nutshell, Sachin makes us fall in love with him all over again!