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Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: Ode to Memories of Sachin Tendulkar

Will the filmmaker be successful in doing that? Will the docudrama be able to shed light into the unknown and unspoken facets of Tendulkar’s personal life? Will it recreate the magic of on ground ‘Sachin Sachin’ chants onscreen?

Kriti Tulsiani | News18.com@sleepingpsyche2

Updated:May 26, 2017, 3:31 PM IST
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Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: Ode to Memories of Sachin Tendulkar
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A ten-year-old Sachin Tendulkar saw the Indian Cricket Team lift its first World Cup trophy in 1983, and, 28 years later, the world saw him reaching the highest echelons of international cricket and bringing home the trophy in 2011. Sachin: A Billion Dreams, one of the most anticipated docudramas of this year, brings to celluloid the life of the cricketing world’s living legend.

Directed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, the film took over four years in making and features some real and some made-up footages to trace the journey of Tendulkar from a young boy to unarguably the greatest batsman of all time.

Considering that Tendulkar’s autobiography was unveiled in 2014, there’s not much that his admirers don’t know about him. But that a filmmaker, who has in his kitty a number of well-received sports biopics, is weaving his life story this time, makes us more curious to see what new does the documentary holds.

The Battle of the Sexes featuring the tennis match between Billie Jean Kind and Bobby Riggs, ‘One Night In Turin’ revolving around England’s chase to the semi-finals of the 1990 football World Cup and ‘Pantani: The Accidental Death Of a Cyclist’ about Tour De France winner Marco Pantani are only some of Erskine past works to have etched a mark in the viewers’ minds.

Sachin might be referred to as the cricket God but he’s a lot more to his true blue fans. He’s an emotion – an emotion too far to be fetched. On Erskine’s shoulders today, lie the responsibilities, of encapsulating the emotion of an entire nation.

Will the filmmaker be successful in doing that? Will the docudrama be able to shed light into the unknown and unspoken facets of Tendulkar’s personal life? Will it recreate the magic of on ground ‘Sachin Sachin’ chants onscreen? Kriti Tulsiani from News18.com is inside the theater to find out.

10:13 AM: Sachin Sachin ! Ready for the chant? Tweet review of #SachinABillionDreams to start in a bit. Stay tuned.

10:27 AM: On @JJErskine’s shoulders today, lie the responsibilities, of encapsulating the emotion of an entire nation-@sachin_rt #SachinABillionDreams

10:30 AM: Will #SachinABillionDreams shed light into the unknown facets of #SachinTendulkar's personal life? Stay tuned to find out

10:35 AM: 10 minutes into the film and you'll be amazed to see how naughty @sachin_rt was in his childhood days. Adorable! #SachinABillionDreams

10:36 AM: Did you know? @sachin_rt's first bat was gifted to him by his sister! #SachinABillionDreams

10:37 AM: A 10-year-old @sachin_rt saw Indian cricket team lift its first World Cup and the seed was sown then. #SachinABillionDreams

10:41 AM: The little #SachinTendulkar in the film is way too adorable. You'll understand yourself smiling with his antics. #SachinABillionDreams

10:46 AM: Why fast ball? Because the ball comes straight on the bat, says a young #Sachin. And the innocence balls you over! #SachinABillionDreams

10:52 AM: I became fearless, says an elated #SachinTendulkar after the 1989 India-Pak match. Master blaster has arrived ! #SachinABillionDreams

10:57 AM: Interesting to see how the maker has blended 90s political and economic scenario with the rise of #SachinTendulkar. #SachinABillionDreams

10:57 AM: Maine isse zyada cute ladka dekha hi nai life mei: Anjali's first meeting with #SachinTendulkar sounds magical. #SachinABillionDreams

11:00 AM: The montage of Anjali and @sachin_rt's wedding is pure gold. Brings back the old-school wedding nostalgia. #SachinABillionDreams

11:03 AM: India-Pak matches are always special! Footage from the old matches is doing wonders for true blue fans in theatre. #SachinABillionDreams

11:06 AM: "Tendulkar out, India out": Long before Virat and Dhoni taught us how to win, @sachin_rt taught us how to play. #SachinABillionDreams

11:13 AM : Cricket was like oxygen for me. Cricket nahi, toh mai nahi, says Sachin and the feeling is so palpable. #SachinABillionDreams

11:15 AM: The sneak peek into @sachin_rt's cricket kit is just pure gold. A treat to the days when a good bat meant a good life.#SachinABillionDreams

11:24 AM: "When Sachin comes to bat, tell me", "Sachin hai ki nahi hai?" - indeed the god of cricket! #SachinABillionDreams

11:24 AM: A scene where Sachin spends time with daughter Sara, makes faces with her is to look out for. #SachinABillionDreams

11:33 AM: It's half time.#SachinABillionDreams hasn't brought anything that a true blue fan doesn't know. But, it takes you back to the golden days.

11:35 AM: Quite honestly, Anjali Tendulkar is emerging to be the hero of #SachinABillionDreams.

11:49 AM: #SachinABillionDreams merely touches upon the match-fixing scandal. Nothing that the fans don't know.

11:51 AM: Hah! @sachin_rt's fixation on Bappi Lahiri's song is in a way all of us. #SachinABillionDreams

12:01 PM: Too convincing to see Wasim Akram narrate his experience with Sachin. Truly a legend, transcending all boundaries. #SachinABiliionDreams

12:19 PM: The family moments in #SachinABiliionDreams feel so real. Even in the toughest of times, Sachin's family stood by him like a rock.

12:19 PM: India, as a nation, is too serious about Cricket - both in good times and in bad. #SachinABiliionDreams depicts that captivatingly.

12:38 PM: The 2011 India-Pak match at Mohali gives you goosebumps even when you think about it. Imagine watching it in a theater#SachinABiliionDreams

12:40 PM: You'll relive India's 2011 World Cup win with #SachinABiliionDreams.

12:47 PM: You'll hear and see the audience tearing up towards the end. A goosebump-worthy moment. #SachinABillionDreams

12:48 PM: And the crowd bursts into cheers, whistles and applauds as #SachinABillionDreams comes to an end.

12:50 PM: You'll have to give it to James Erskin for creating the life of cricket's living legend on celluloid so beautifully. #SachinABillionDreams

12:54 PM: Not dramatic, not over the top and not something a true blue fan wouldn't know about but #SachinABillionDreams is still magical!

12:58 PM: #SachinABillionDreams is a tale well told! From a notorious child to being the god of cricket - a thumbs up for Sachin's inspiring story.

1:04 PM: If you still get goosebumps when Sachin Sachin chant takes over - this film will be a nostalgia ride, for the good. #SachinABillionDreams

1:07 PM: The visuals are the real star in #SachinABiliionDreams. Go for it and take a ride back to the time when Sachin-on-strike meant the world.

1:08 PM: Thank you staying with us throughout the tweet review of #SachinABillionDreams. Stay tuned for more movie updates.

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