'Saaachin Saaachin', 'Saaachin Saaachin'.. The chant will always inject our hearts with hope, faith , passion and inspiration. Cricket - the English game we adopted as a religion has seen legends after legends inspiring generations after generations to excel and achieve your dreams. But Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar - the child prodigy who took up cricket at the age of 11 and played his first test match at the age of 16 is something beyond and so is this masterly straight from the heart driven docu feature which is as perfect and amazing as the Master Blaster's straight drive, cover drive, back foot punch on the off side or the effortless six to a fast bowler played with a straight bat with minimum follow through.
There is nostalgia in plenty for those who have grown up watching Sachin or watched Sachin from the day he started playing for India, the famous cricketer cum commentator Tony Grieg's way of pronouncing 'Sachin Tendulkar' in his renowned voice, the respect he earned when he toured Pakistan in his debut, after getting hurt on nose when he murmured 'me khelnar' ( I will play), the famous desert storm of Sharjah, the quashing of the Aussie pride in India, Sir Don's comment, Brian Lara's remarks, Shane Warne's confession, India lifting world cup in 2011 and more. The director has smartly chosen the footages and visuals and enhanced the viewing experience of this docu feature.
The failures also find a place over here and prevents this into turning into a hagiography, the ugly match fixing scandal, Sachin's failure as a captain and the controversy of the legend failing on important occasions is touched upon and how the god of cricket handled those failures and criticisms like a human is told in a touchy manner. It also highlights the facts that how much a nation relied on the shoulders of Sachin.
Divulging more will act as spoilers but without the mention of Sachin's wife Anjali will make this 'incomplete'. Episodes between Sachin and Anjali in this fairy tale like story of the legend are heartwarming. The loss of his father and his comeback from such personal setbacks and his fighting spirit against serious injuries like tennis elbow is handled with conviction.
A.R. Rahman's music especially the back ground score supports the film very well. Chris Openshaw's cinematography is perfect. Editing by Deepa Bhatia and Avdhesh Mohla is crisp.
Sachin's debut on silver screen is natural and elegant as his drives. Mayuresh Pem who plays Sachin's brother is impressive.
An interview of Vinod Kambli was missed and Sachin's sev puri parties and his fascination for butter chicken however didn't find place in this biopic which this writer was expecting.
During the ending reels, we watched that emotional speech by Sachin the legend who dream of lifting the world cup after Kapil Dev's triumph in 1983. Kapil's triumph changed the outlook of cricket in India which was now the world champion which produced legends like Sachin who united India. After the speech when Sachin touched the pitch and went emotional, tears roll down by cheek.
A feeling came into my mind that though Sachin is not taking the strike (not playing), he is still standing at the non strikers end motivating and inspiring those who want to follow the dream and keep the game ahead of anything else.
If cricket is religion and Sachin Tendulkar is God than SACHIN: A BILLION DREAMS is the offering (Prasad) that every follower of cricket and Sachin should take without fail.