Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)

Star Cast: Sachin Tendulkar

Director: James Erskine

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review

What’s Good: Sachin Tendulkar’s journey in this film looks so real that you even have moments like ‘Aila, Sachin bhi aise karta hai.’ It not only celebrates the personality that he is but also Indian Cricket in all its glory.

What’s Bad: Strangely, the film may not come across as a uninteresting affair for those who are not Cricket fans but their idea of it being a feature film certainly doesn’t come true here. The docu-drama with Sachin himself narrating may not appeal to everyone.

Loo Break: Not unless Sachin Tendulkar is waiting outside that audi!

Watch or Not?: If you are waiting for the reviews to come out, I bet you aren’t true Sachin fans. It is a must-watch for all those who worship the game, worship the man and this is your chance to meet your God up, close and personal.


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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a name that has been etched in our heads as being the ‘God of Cricket’. While many may call him gifted, it is in this film, you truly see his inspiring journey and the fact that nothing comes easy without hardships.

The film chronicles his journey from being a notorious child, to his brother Ajit Tendulkar recognizing his talent and recommending him to Coach Ramakant Achrekar to train him in the game.

Being a dedicated player, a young Sachin made it to the newspapers along with co-player Vinod Kambli for making a world record of 664-run partnership, playing for Shardashram Vidya Mandir against St. Xavier’s in Harris Shield on February 24, 1988. And from there, the legendary journey began.

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: Script Analysis

What people mostly perceive biopics to be is inspiring stories that is a tell all on the personality. Although, the Sachin biopic is more like an experience or I’d say in my case, as a 90s child, a run down the memory lane with the chance to relive some of the greatest matches of all time, to watch and gloat over India’s finest winning moments in a timeline that ends with the dream come true world cup dream. As we watch Sachin narrate about his dream to lift the World Cup, we can’t help but realize this is one dream we have all lived with him.

The film takes off with Sachin’s most precious moments when his daughter Sara was born. The Cricketer who may have taken a ton of perfect catches, is nervous as hell, holding his little one and in that moment is like any other newly turned father, who is scared to carry the little one around.

Later, we see a dramatized version of his childhood where we see how the suburban lad became Cricketing world’s biggest sensation.

While we see Sachin’s journey going upwards, the makers keep giving us the background of the Indian setting and basically paint a picture of how at the meekest of times, people have turned to this sport to become their source of happiness. Truly, how, Cricket became India’s prime religion.

As a Sachin fan, you’ll be delighted to know some little trivia about the legend like his favorite song of all time or how when under pressure, he would listen to one song on loop for an entire day. There’s also the sense of pride one derives when International players like Ricky Ponting talk about how Sachin was one hell of an inspiration to them or when Wasim Akram shares his first impression of a teenage Sachin taking on the field.

A Bollywoodish twist comes in the part where we see Sachin’s love story with wife Anjali. While some may find it a tad boring, it luckily does not take much of your time.

Coming to the Cricket timeline, while Sachin addresses his captaincy stint and also the shame of spot fixing scandal, he has nothing to say about playing under captains like Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and M. S Dhoni. Even the Greg Chapell phase is slightly rushed in the film.

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: Star Performance

Sachin Tendulkar’s narration may seem slightly weird but then again he’s not an actor to be all comfortable with it. The voiceovers by Harsha Bhogle, Boria Majumdar, Gideon Haigh, all three who have been sport reporters for decades work well for the film.

Popular players like Virat Kohli, M S Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram contribute to the film with their brilliant quotes.

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: Direction, Music

I expect a lot of people to question why it took an Englishman to come up with a biopic on Sachin Tendulkar and after having watched the film, I’d say, it’s not about being an Indian or a westerner, it’s taming the fandom of this sport and the legend in a taut screenplay that was required and that’s what we get. James Erskine gives us the perfect film that if not for just Sachin fans, has a lot to offer on the Cricket front too.

The film was like one big rollercoaster ride for me from being overjoyed at watching the iconic 1996 world cup moment of Venkatesh Prasad and Aamir Sohail’s famed exchange on field to Sachin being hit on the nose by Waqar Younis’ terrible bouncer.

Erskine even made sure to entertain us by adding in a few dressing room videos of Sachin celebrating his 99th international century. Wasn’t that the dream, to get a glimpse of a what’s the mood in the dressing room like?

Some of Sachin’s home videos, such as his wedding video, play time with his kids also make their way here and that keeps reminding us of his strictly simple personality. His middle-class background has been a key contributor in shaping his personality and particularly that’s where the modesty comes from.

Emotionally, it’s hard not to tear up when Erskine takes you through Sachin’s toughest time on field, during the 1999 World Cup when he lost his father. In spite of the personal loss, the player in him didn’t back out and he scored a 140 not out against Kenya, thus dedicating his century to his late father. Also, keep your tissues handy when you once again see Sachin’s retirement speech on screen.

A R Rahman’s musical score is thumping and keeps the film’s pace up. The Sachin anthem is reverberating and one of the best moments is Rahman’s Vande Mataram being played to the iconic 2011 World Cup win post Dhoni’s winning sixer.

Sachin A Billion Dreams Review: The Last Word

Sachin:A Billion Dreams is a treat for Sachin Tendulkar fans. It’s realistic, emotional and highly inspiring. It will probably make you miss him even more on field! A 4/5 for this.

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Sachin A Billion Dreams releases on 26th May, 2017.

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  1. Sachin is not A GOD AS Hyped by Bewkoof Indian Junta.

    He was a selfish maratha who played for personal records and prolonged his retirement by 2 to 3 yrs to achieve personal records.

    Agreed he played so long and was a wonderful player but NOT A GOD……….

    also he always flopped in crucial matches (ODI’s test matcg 4th innings etc).

    Played 6 world cups but was never able to win one for india on his own (2011 WC was won due to Zahher/Yuvi etc)………….

    He was a COLOSSAL FLOP as he flopped when it mattered most (ex WC 2003 finals, Ponting scored a TON, Sachin scored DUD)

    • Dear Rahul,
      It looks from your comments that you have negative vibrations surrounding you. Also you must be a huge achiever in life that everyone should be appreciating you.
      But boss your cricketing knowledge is loo.
      Do you know sachin was top scoring Indian batsman & 2nd best in 2011 world cup which India won.
      Also Sachin was top scoring batsman in 2003 world cup which still is a record. He was player of the tournament in that world cup.
      He has record most world cup runs with stunning average & strike rate. I bet this record will be there forever.

      I hope God gives you good senses & qualities so you you will be able to appreciate & admire good persons….

      • choti team k khilaf agar runs nikal de to pata chalega sachin ne kitne run banaye world cup mein, aur 2011 ka final b hum dhoni ki wajah se jeete na ki sachin ki wajah se, ek insaan jo sirf aur sirf record ke liye khelta tha usse bhakhto ne bhagwan bana diya

        • Tinu,
          Batmen are required to make runs in cricket.
          that is what Sachin did. (personal glory, records or not etc is matter of your opinion and you are entitled to it. You are also entitled to other opinions such as your opinion is most correct etc but it is still an opinion.) Facts are:
          If sachin had not played against in Pakistan match with man of the match title on sluggish pitch, then forget final. If sachin did not make 50 against australia, then forget final. So your opinion is wrong and not based on facts.

          • australia k sath match mein yuvraj ke all round performance k wajah se jite the na k sachin ki wajah se, mohali ki pitch kabhi sluggish nahi hoti hamesha batsman pitch hoti hai, aur us pitch par sachin ne 115 ball pe 85 run banaye the pakistan k khilaf, sachin ki slow batting ki wajah se hum harne wale the par bowlers ki wajah se hum jeet gaye, ye hai real facts

  2. Rahul, I take it you are one of those US or U.K. Passport holding smart Indian junta. There’s just so much evidence to prove you wrong that this isn’t the right platform to put it forward. I can only suggest that you do your homework on Sachin Tendulkar and cricket thoroughly, before muttering such rubbish and making a fool of yourself in public again.

  3. Before commenting on Sachin you must know about him .his batting and his dedication towards cricket .in India cricket was established somany years back but it came to glorify in time of Sachin only he became the heartbeat of every cricket lover not only in India allover world .he was always a
    noble and disciplined player go through past then you can judge

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