Sachin: A Billion Dreams

This is the one piece I am writing as a fangirl than a critic… 😛

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He is my childhood icon, I grew up watching his energy on television. I grew up screaming “Sachin… Sachin…” while watching him fight for a century. When Sachin bats, the nation holds its breath. In 2013, the nation shed tears when he bid his goodbye to the 22 yards. Cricket team looks incomplete without his presence. One of the best features of Sachin as a person is humble down-to-earth nature and love for his family. Sachin has been through a lot during his tumultuous yet thrilling career as a cricketer. He had to wait for 22 years to finally achieve his ultimate something, something he rooted for since 1983 when he was just 10-years-old when he went to sleep dreaming of him holding the Worldcup. He voluntarily retired in 2013 in the same stadium where he began his cricketing career. People still shouted “Sachin… Sachin…” as he left the 22 yards.

About the film…

This is the first documentary I am watching from the multiplex. I am glad that the film came out in theaters because it was indeed an experience to watch it with an audience of young men and women. We also get to see home videos and videos of the players in the dressing room along with interviews of Sachin’s family members.

Sachin is shown to be a young bully who makes pit traps and releases the air from the tires of neighbor’s cars. Sachin is said to have broken a lot of windows while he played with his friends. The first cricket bat was gifted to him by his sister after she came back from a trip to Kashmir. The cricket as a game grounded Sachin and made him a better person. There were many peak points as well as low points in Sachin 24-year-old journey in the Indian cricket team. The low points were also shown in the film. The best part about it was that the film enhanced on how he overcame all the obstacles. Like,

Facing one of the best spin bowlers from the Australian cricket team, Shane Warne, with whom he eventually became good friends with.

When he could not handle the pressure during his stint as the captain of the Indian cricket team.

The fall and rise of the Indian cricket team after the “match fixing scandal”.

The death of his father Ramesh Tendulkar.

The lowest point in his career where he considered retiring, after the disastrous 2007 world cup.

Sachin was motivated by his brother Ajit and former West Indies player Sir Vivian Richards, after which he began to work hard. After 34, most players consider retiring, but for Sachin, it was the best period of his life where he broke several records including, the first player to get 200 in an international ODI match and the first player to get 100 centuries.

The usage of A.R Rahman’s Vande Mataram is very effective when 2011 world cup final is shown with Dhoni’s iconic sixer. We see the montage of Sachin’s childhood yearning and his journey before showing the final match, making it effective altogether. The last 15 minutes of this documentary will surely move you to tears, especially if you followed Sachin till his retirement. I watched his farewell speech live but it is more emotional to watch it in this documentary as the film shows his career throughout. Watching this documentary is an experience and the team did a great job while not only showing Sachin’s life but also the events which took place during the years of India-Pakistan war tensions, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi etc.

You will be able to enjoy this film if you every major event in the cricketing field including the (in)famous moment during NatWest Cup, which led to roaring applause in the theater.

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Watch Sachin a billion dreams with your cricket crazed friends.

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One thought on “Sachin: A Billion Dreams

  1. Straight drives _/\_ I wouldn’t have minded a bit if they had put more of them! Iconic to be honest. I could see my childhood through the movie, I like every other Indian kid grew up with Sachin mania. But somehow I came out of the movie with a feeling that something was amiss. It could have been the background score, which I felt was a huge let down, or it could be the sole focus on positives without an odd mistake here and there. I really don’t know, but felt something could have been done better.
    P.S. Loved the narrative. Comparing the events that kept happening at the other end while Sachin remained strong, growing leaps and bounds with time.

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