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This may probably be the year of cricket biopics. Azhar released this month, May 13, with Emraan Hashmi in the title role and Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, and Lara Dutta playing supporting acts. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead and directed by critically acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey, is set to release September 2, and is eagerly awaited across the country.
But perhaps the biggest of the cricket biopics to release this year is Sachin: A Billion Dreams, the film based on the life of legendary cricketer and India’s symbol of strength and source of joy for over two decades, Sachin Tendulkar. Directed by Emmy-nominated documentary director and acclaimed filmmaker James Erskine, the film features the man himself, Sachin, in the lead role, with his son Arjun Tendulkar playing the part of the younger Sachin.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams teaser trailer:
The teaser has evoked plenty of reactions, with many celebs chipping in with their thoughts on Twitter.
This will be Tendulkar’s acting debut at the age of 42, quite unlike his spectacularly early international cricket debut at an early age of 16 against a power-packed Pakistani bowling line up comprising of Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, and Wasim Akram. While getting hit on the head in your debut match by some of world’s fastest bowlers can be a scary, intimidating experience, Sachin became more determined and grew in confidence and aggression after receiving a knock on the head in his debut series. Right away the cricketing world realized that a future cricketing great had just arrived in international cricket.
Year after year ever since, Sachin played at different grounds around the world, scoring centuries and accumulating runs at will, and wrecking havoc on many a world’s best bowling line up. He repeatedly broke cricketing records, scored runs consistently (a consistency since matched only by Virat Kohli, who still has a very long way to go in terms of longevity), fielded with the highest levels of commitment and responsibility, and even took crucial wickets to turn the match around in India’s favor many times. He was a complete cricketer in every sense of the word.
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It’s no surprise that India loved its son Sachin. It was he who everyone in India rooted for. Quite often TV sets were switched off when he got out, and crackers lit up everywhere across the country till late in the night when he scored runs and won matches for India. Such was his appeal among his fellow countrymen, who never got tired of screaming what has since become a national chant, Saccchhhhiiiiiiin Saccchhhhiiiiiiiin.
One of the biggest reasons India loved Sachin was that his rise almost ran parallel to the rise of India as a nation. In 1991, India adopted an open economy and introduced many liberal economic reforms, which all of a sudden propelled India’s growth at a rapid pace. And on the cricketing field, Sachin was opening India up and leading the charge and taking the attack against the best of teams with his superior and aggressive batting skills. He had the courage to smash bowlers out of the park — a kind of bravery that was slowly settling into India’s DNA at that time.
Sachin is every Indian’s hero. At least everyone who’s watched him play for any length of time. And for that reason, Sachin: A Billion Dreams is expected to enthrall audiences worldwide and set the box office blazing too, with such a high caliber involved in the making of this film. The movie’s already been shot for over 30 months (more than two-and-a-half years) in over five countries, and seems like it packs a lot for cricket fans worldwide.
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What can we expect from the film? It promises to open up Sachin’s cricket and personal life in the public domain in a significant way, and more importantly, let audiences in on parts of Sachin’s life that have so far been accessible to no one. That’ll definitely be a treat to watch. The release date hasn’t been announced yet, but let’s hope that it’s announced soon.
If you’re crazily awaiting this Sachin biopic, you may want to follow the film’s official twitter account. There’s no doubt that the official trailer video will be out on this twitter channel when it’s time, and you’ll also get a lot more scoop about the film and related things with ease.
For now, all we can do is wait for the release of the trailer and the announcement of the release date. And yes, watch YouTube videos of Sachin’s masterclass innings on repeat.