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Sachin: A Billion Dreams Is as flawless as his cover drive
Director – James Erskine
Star Cast – Sachin Tendulkarm, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag & Mayuresh Pem
Production House – 200 NotOut Productions
Genre – Sports Biopic
Rating – 4.0
For any cricket fan in India, the film Sachin A Billion Dreams is the most awaited stuff on earth. This is the closest they can get to the story of God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. The movie has promised to be a voyage of the master blaster from the time he was a kid to the time when he was the star of Indian cricket. Sachin: A Billion Dreams begins with showing perhaps Sachin’s happiest moments in his life. No it is not his first century. Neither is it the wonderful Sharjah 98 conquests nor the 2011 World Cup win. It is the births of his children, Sara and Arjun. That should give you the idea of the movie – this is Sachin’s personal journey. A journey you will surely love and cherish. But it is not entirely about Sachin. It is also about the resurgence of cricket. Above all, it was all about our childhood.
Some of the best moments to cheer for, during the film, were not even about Sachin. Perhaps it’s that wicket of Aamir Sohail that Venkatesh Prasad flicked during the 1996 World Cup, or when Laxman and Dravid guided India to a historic win in the 2001 series against Australia, or Dhoni’s iconic six that helped us win the World Cup. Sachin has not made it all about himself. But through these moments, he made us realize that Cricket is his everything, and sometimes it even came before his family. So when he talks about the infamous match-fixing scandal, you can feel the pain of betrayal he felt over certain colleagues. There are also many interesting tidbits about his life and career that you would easily lap up. Like, do you know which song Sachin always listens to when he feels down? Yes, the film answers it! ven though the movie addresses the darker history of Indian cricket, like the match-fixing scandal and the Greg Chappell travesty, I feel the movie played a bit safe in those moments. The monkey-gate incident is completely ignored.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a movie strictly for cricket fans. But then that’s the entire country, including yours truly. This is easily the best movie on cricket, and whether you are a Sachin fan or not, you will find tears flowing through the sides of your cheeks at the end of the film. Sachin: A Billion Dreams is highly recommended.