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Times of India
THE WILLOW PRINCE UP, CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Sachin A Billion Dreams Story :
Sachin Tendulkar plays himself in this sports-docudrama that traces the life and times of one of the world’s biggest cricket phenomenas.
Sachin A Billion DreamsReview :
When the protagonist has been the collective voice and conscience of India’s cricketing history, then he’s a tough subject to make a film on. Naturally, James Erskine puts Sachin on a pedestal and tells the story with an unnatural amount of reverence.
It’s a treat to get a peek into Sachin’s childhood. And it’s also a fan-shriek moment to see footage of him in his personal space, looped to Dire Straits and Bappi Lahiri with his wife Anjali, his children—Arjun and Sara, his family and friends. The fact that Sachin is the sutradhar(narrator)who walks the viewer through his victories and injuries is an additional bonus.
Tendulkar fanatics can also feel the adrenaline rush because the film revisits his introduction to the world—yes, the time when he hit Pakistan’s Abdul Qadir for four sixes in one over at the 1989 Exhibition Match. And yet another indelible memory revisited here, is the one in which he reduced Australia’s Shane Warne into a punching bag in the 1998 Chennai test against the Aussies. His achievements are far too many to be accommodated in one film! Cynics may argue that YouTube has it all, but for those whom Sachin is an emotion, watching this footage on the big screen and without constantly having to hit the search button, the experience is priceless.
But, wait there’s a flip side too. Most controversies around the cricketing God are glossed over. Many of us (me included) die-hard Sachin fans are ready to face the fact that our icon may have displayed feet of clay on occasion. However, the film doesn’t take chances. Sachin’s poor performances in some key matches and his reluctance to comment on some of his boorish seniors are just touched on fleetingly.
The hagiographic narrative continues with commentators, critics and colleagues--Dhoni, Kohli, Ganguly, Sehwag and Harbhajan are (sigh!) only eulogizing the Little Master.
Academically though this film is important one because for a nation that revers cricket, it serves as a reminder that prodigies may be born, but they become Sachin Tendulkar only through perseverance, patience and preparation. Go India go.
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
Sachin Tendulkar(Sachin, himself) was a naughty child growing up in Bandraâs MIG area. He was the fourth child of his parentsâRamesh and Rajini Tendulkar. His older brothers were Nitin and Ajit and his sister was Savita. All of them spoilt Sachin silly because he was a really cute but also a precocious child. However Sachin also had one special skill. He showed signs of becoming a great cricketer even as before he reached his teens. His elder brother Nitin took him to meet Ramakant Achrekar at Shivaji Park and told him about his brotherâs special abilities. Achrekar Sir started training Sachin and from there on the boy was on a winning spree. At home, his second brother Ajit trained him. Sachin worked so hard at his game that the entire family took care of him. They got him to live with his uncle and aunt at Shivaji Park so he could remain closer to the ground where he played his practice matches. Before he knew it, Sachin was selected to represent India and at the age of 16, he was already a sensation. Teams like Pakistan and Australia who underestimated him, thinking he was a little child who was fit to only play gully cricket, were shocked when he displayed unusual talent with the bat. He later on became an important all- rounder because of his ability to bowl and also being an important fielder. His cricket career continued uninterrupted for nearly twenty-two years. From 1989 to 2011. Sachin created so many records that he is often referred to as the greatest batsman of all times in India and overseas. India also conferred him with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award and he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2012. Of course his highs were accompanied by many lows. He suffered some serious injuries and played for India despite nursing a tennis elbow between 2004 and 2006. He had two stints at captaincy but he was burdened with the role of the captain and found his on-field performances were better when he was not wearing that crown.
Sachin wanted to retire when he suffered some serious injuries but he prayed to Lord Ganesha that before he stopped being an ``activeââ part of the Indian cricket squad, he wanted to pick up a world cup for India. In 2011, he got that opportunity. When India won, Sachin was a happy man. He is now the coach of the Mumbai Indians, IPL team.