‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to hit the sliver screen on 26th May 2017. Ever since the trailer was released, people have been waiting with bated breath to find out more about Sachin’s personal life, to dig deeper into the life of the man who made an entire nation realise the value of dreams.
Sachin’s biopic would provide people a sneak peek into the life of the great man, and what better than seeing Sachin enact himself on-screen.
But that was not how it was supposed to be? Sachin had categorically refused to act on-screen, when Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer of the film first approached him in 2012.
“When Ravi (Bhagchandka, producer) met me in 2012, his idea was that the life of other sports personalities have been covered so there should be a film on my life. My first reply was: ‘But I am not going to act’. It took me a while to say yes,” Tendulkar told PTI
Sports biopics have been doing wonders in Bollywood, as people crave for a sneak peek into the lives of the sporting heroes. But Sachin feels fictionalising his biopic wouldn’t have worked.
“In my case it (fiction) cannot be possible because everything is real life. Everyone knows what has happened to me. If I have scored 55 runs, people know that. I cannot turn around and make it 155. Ravi said everything would be captured from real life. So, I was convinced that there would be no retakes here.”
Sachin also said that he initially found it extremely difficult to talk about himself.
“I continue to be slightly uncomfortable (to talk about myself). That’s why I have got other guys to talk about me. I always wanted to play cricket for India. Rest of the things happened around it. And when I got there, it was about winning the World Cup for India.
“This film is about that. It is about chasing my dreams. My dream was not only my dream, it was a dream shared by a billion-plus people.”
Sachin has always stayed away from talking about the 2000 Match fixing scandal, probably the darkest hour in Indian Cricket. But, Sachin does open about it in his biopic.
“The ups and downs have been there in my life and that’s part and parcel of any sportsman’s career. This was not something that every sportsman experienced. Whatever I have said, whatever I know, it is there for everyone to see in the film.”
The movie also captures Sachin’s relationship with his family.
“The runs that I scored, the highs and lows, nobody known what is going on in mind in those moments. I have spoken about those moments. My family is talking about myself. My mother, sister, my brothers and Anjali (wife) have spoken about me.
“My relationship with my children has been explored and there are family videos that no one had access to, which are now a part of the film” he said