Finally the much-awaited film on Sachin Tendulkar’s life is on the big screen, and his fans are impatiently expecting to revive the memories that created by the God of Cricket. As the film is structurally designed as a documentary, let us see how well the makers had succeeded in gratifying the expectations of Cricket fans, Sachin fans, every Indian and moviegoers.
“Sachin: A Billion Dreams” is a biopic that gives a holistic view of Sachin Tendulkar’s life, who is revered as “the God” of cricket by his fans. While the film encapsulates the life of the master blaster right from his birth till date, it also gives an insight into the socio-economic situation of the country, making it feel like heavy-duty stuff.
This may not be the first documentary on Tendulkar, but probably it is the only one endorsed by him. So, you have him as the narrator sharing his personal moments along with his views and fears in a sincere and heartfelt manner.
While the film tells us of his growth as a cricketer which is common knowledge, it also reveals his personal life bringing to the fore his close-knit family and friends. How he got the name Sachin, how he met his wife, got married and how he spends his free moments, are a few of the interesting nuggets shared. So apart from Sachin, you actually get to see his family and friends.
Script, Direction, Music & Technicalities
The script, designed by director James Erskine and Sivakumar Ananth, seamlessly encapsulates Sachin’s life with archived footages from his personal videos, cricket matches, news clips and clips from various talking heads like ex-cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Vivian Richards, Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Virendra Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh, sports journalist Gideon Haigh, commentator Harsha Bhogle, cricket historian Boria Majumdar, singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan among others. Together, they give a fair insight into the life of Sachin.
The film, with the right blend of footages, is visually engaging and the narrative arc by default is definitive with a set-up, set-back and the emotional finale – Sachin’s retirement speech after winning the 2011 World Cup. The euphoria of the brilliantly played matches is once again relived here, giving the plot-graph its required jagged edges.
With a run-time of two hours and 20 minutes, the first half of the film is interesting and fast paced, whereas the second half moves at a slower pace and fatigue sets in. And thus, this docu-drama could have been made a bit better. Nevertheless, it dramatically ends on a sombre poetic note.
Editor Avdhesh Mohla gives smooth transitions, and music maestro A.R. Rahman gives effective background score in this docu-drama.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?
“Sachin: A Billion Dreams” is an emotional experience for all those who have once screamed louder with words like “Sachiiiinnn…. Sachiiinnn”. This a well mounted documentary film will only appeal and a total Paisal-Vasool to hard-core Sachin and Cricket fans, along with every Indian to some extent. Overall, the film is quite inspirational in its own way, where you are getting an opportunity to learn so many things from the God of Cricket, not only professionally but personally as well! (Inputs from IANS)
Rating: 4 Stars