Cricket has always been a sport which is closely associated with us Indians and our emotions over the years. And Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is that name which strikes in the mind of every proud Indian when we hear about the sport. Sachin has carried the burden of Indian cricket on his shoulders for many years and that too successfully. The journey of the man who set upon many records and even broke the records created by legendary cricketers needs to be showcased on the big screen and here's when Emmy award winning director James Erskine came up with the sports documentary film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams.'
The film showcases the life journey of the little master, as he is fondly called right from the beginning at the age of 16 till his retirement. Sachin grew in a typical Maharashtrian family where his father was a Marathi professor and a poet, while his mother is a home maker. With two brothers and a sister, Sachin was the youngest one and the most loved one too. He got his first cricket bat from his sister Savita as a gift from Kashmir. His elder brother Ajit Tendulkar saw the passion in his eyes about cricket and decided to take him to Ramakant Achrekar who was a renowned coach of one of the best school cricket team in Mumbai.
This notorious kid soon started juggling with his cricket and at the tender age of 16 played for the Indian cricket team. His life started to take shape and this man soon started eyeing the World Cup. A mere 130 minutes are not enough to showcase this man's journey but Sachin fanatics can surely witness certain footages which had been a part of his life over the years and are untouched and undisclosed. These includes some personal family footages from his marriage with Anjali, his responsibility as a father to his kids Arjun Tendulkar and Sara Tendulkar, his time spent with his close friends and companions and many more.
While everyone has to go through tough times, this little master too faced a lot of depression and even the worst phase of the Indian cricket-the match fixing. The film takes you down to a memory lane through all the matches played by him and of course the World Cup of 2011. This man who worshipped cricket for 24 long years, who has been eyeing and prying for the World Cup finally held the trophy in his hands in the year 2011 and his life circle was completed. The movie ends with the speech he gave at the time of his retirement from the Indian cricket which makes you quiet emotional.
This documentary has stick to its genre as there is no big actor associated with it. Its Sachin himself who is narrating the whole movie along with the others. It is a delightful visual treat to watch the legends of cricket from every part of the world come together on a single screen to share few words of appreciation towards Sachin. The cricket commentators Harsha Bhogle, Boria Majumdar and Gideon Haigh play their part well while narrating it along with Sachin.
Sachin Tendulkar is not just a name, but its an emotion. An emotion which every proud Indian treasures in his heart. Maybe because of this James Erskine thought about making a film on Sachin Tendulkar. We must say his idea of converting a factual presentation of events into a 130 minute film is surely praiseworthy. While it was not easy to convert thousands of hours of footage into few minutes, the director focussed on the right content that needs to be showcased and which was kept away from the world. You get a nostalgic feeling when you hear 'Sachin Sachin' playing in the background. Music maestro A R Rahman's music work as a master stroke and merge with the story very well.
While many may come and go, but the name Sachin Tendulkar will always be written in golden words in the history of Indian cricket. A genius may be born, but it takes dedication, perseverance and patience to be Sachin Tendulkar. So all you Sachin fanatics, it's time to pay ode to your living legend. Go India, enchant 'Sachin Sachin' while coming out of the theatres once again.