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Sachin: A Billion Dreams – Movie Review

May 26, 2017
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movie review of sachin tendulkar's biopic

A legend revisited on celluloid

 Movie Review 

  • Release Date: 26 May 2017
  • Starring: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, Mayuresh Pem, Mayur More, Arjun Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, Sara Tendulkar
  • Directed by: James Erskine
  • Produced by: Ravi Bhagchandka,
  • Story: Sivakumar Ananth, James Erskine
  • Narration: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Voice-over: Harsha Bhogle, Boria Majumdar, Gideon Haigh
  • Cinematography: Chris Openshaw
  • Music composed by: A.R. Rahman
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
  • Duration:  2:19 hours
  • Genre: Sports Docu-Drama
  • Censor Rating: U

 About Movie Sachin: A Billion Dreams

We have seen the “God of Cricket” transition from a teenager to a man. We saw his game’s transition from good to great and then beyond, but what many have missed out was an inside view of what it takes to make a true legend.

How does a young man grow up with success kissing his every move, be the cynosure of a billion eyes and yet remain a humble human being, a committed cricketer, a model husband and a doting father?

James Erskine decided to take on the challenge of attempting to take us into the life and journey of the man himself, a gamble that was both challenging and inspiring for all involved. With this movie, he has demonstrated his ability to successfully take serial facts and build a compelling story around it and show it almost the way it actually was.

If you weren’t already a great follower of cricket and Sachin, then this movie is going to make you join the ranks of millions of die-hard fans, for whom Sachin remains a God of inspiration and a master of sport.

James Erskine does a brilliant job of capturing the Master Blaster’s long and eventful cricketing journey into 2 hours of gripping narration that leaves you appreciating the man in question even more and wishing his journey would have been an unending one.

Sachin’s story

The movie opens at the time Sachin’s daughter Sara is born and shows the master in a vulnerable moment as any first time father would be.

The movie has several poignant moments like the time Sachin’s brother takes him to meet Ramkant Achrekar and his famous dialogue that came after watching Sachin’s straight drive “Naam kyaa bataya tumhare bhai ka”.

His breaking the world record along with partner Vinod Kambli in that famous match between their school Shardashram Vidya Mandir and St. Xavier’s, playing in the Harris Shield in Mumbai.

His meeting Anjali, his future and how he asks her to meet his parents and request their son’s hand.

And that gut wrenching moment during the World Cup in 1999 when he hears of his father’s death and then goes on to crack a century against Kenya the very next day.

And lastly, that famous emotional speech during his farewell at the Wankhede Stadium.

All stuff for the next generation to watch and be inspired for what one can achieve, if only one has the passion and commitment to single-mindedly chase that dream.

Performances

It’s a great time to go see some rare footage from Sachin’s personal collection and watch the transition of the boy into a champion.

Sachin’s narration through the movie remains authentic though a bit odd but that is to be expected of someone who is not a seasoned actor by profession.

All three voices of Harsha Bhogle, Boria Majumdar and Gideon Haigh do full justice to the movie and tell the story with credibility that make the audience want more.

A.R. Rahman once again lives up to his reputation as a master musician as he scores the music in keeping pace with the film.

 Sachin: A Billion Dreams Music

The movie has three songs in the Hindi version and have been penned by Irshad Kamil; the Tamil version has two songs written by Madhan Karky.

Hindi version

Hind Mere Jind

  • Singer(s): A.R. Rahman
  • Composed by: A. R. Rahman
  • Song duration: 5:14 mins

Sachin Sachin

  • Singer(s): Sukhwinder Singh, Kaly
  • Composed by: A.R. Rahman
  • Song duration: 4:09 mins

Mard Maratha

  • Singer(s): A. R. Ameen, Anjali Gaikwad
  • Composed by: A. R. Rahman
  • Song duration: 3:34 mins

 Tamil Version

Indhianey Vaa

  • Singer(s): Karthik, A.R. Rahman
  • Composed by: A.R. Rahman
  • Song duration: 5:15 mins

Sachin Sachin

  • Singer(s): Sukhwinder Singh, Kaly
  • Composed by: A. R. Rahman
  • Song duration: 4:09 mins

What’s good?

A great life captured beautifully on screen that leaves one admiring Sachin’s grit and humility for what he has achieved. Movie will leave you in awe of a great life.

What’s bad?

Frankly, not much to crib about, after all, its Sachin all the way!

Verdict

Definitely a movie to go watch with your entire family. A must watch for youngster who have their own dreams.

Sachin: A Billion Dreams rating:

****


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