Published On: Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016

Sachin charges nothing for ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’


Sachin Tendulkar did not charge even a penny for the film based on his life, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’.

Mumbai: After Captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic opened to a thundering response at the box office, it is now time for the biopic of Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, the most respectable and widely followed sportsman, to hit the silver screen.

Sachin, who had started his cricketing career at the ripe age of 16, is a humble man with a heart of gold. Unlike Dhoni, who was paid handsomely for his biopic ‘M S Dhoni: The Untold Story’, Sachin was happy to give away intimate details of his glorious life without charging any fees for it. A source close to Tendulkar reportedly said that Sachin could not ‘dream of taking money’.

The source said, “The film is produced by Sachin’s friend Ravi Bhagchandka. Sachin couldn’t dream of charging any money from him.”

Not only did Sachin say yes to this movie, the master blaster went out of his way to persuade his son, Arjun Tendulkar, to play the younger version of him in his biopic.

The source added, “Not only did Sachin agree to open up about his life’s experiences to the team, he also persuaded his son to play the young Sachin on screen.”

The teaser of the film was released on YouTube on 14th April this year. So far, four posters have been released and the teaser alone has been viewed more than 5 million times.

Here are some of the posters from the legend’s yet-to-be released biopic:

Sachin charges nothing for ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’

Sachin charges nothing for ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ (2)
Sachin charges nothing for ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ (3)
There are so many things that Sachin Tendulkar is to so many people, that it is sometimes forgotten that he is first and foremost a batsman of unparalleled ability, dedication and mind. If he had taken to some other sport in early childhood, his persona would have been invented — by coaches who want to teach their wards the virtues a tight technique that allows attacking shots, by film-makers who want to create celluloid fantasy by depicting the perfect batsman and superstar, by marketing men who want to appeal to the broadest strata of public imaginable and by cricket fanatics who want to see batting perfection embodied in one person.

Tendulkar has been in the spotlight since before he made his international debut, and has conducted himself in exemplary fashion, even though he has been India’s biggest news-worthy item for two decades. His debut in 1989 was a fiery introduction to international cricket, when as a 16 year old he had to face up to the might of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar Younis in their backyard.

Since then he has gone on to amass records by the dozens, a few of which are unlikely to be surpassed during his lifetime. He has the most number of runs in Test matches as well as One Day Internationals, and the most number of centuries in both forms as well. His tally of more than 30,000 international runs is not likely to be overtaken by anyone, as is his list of international centuries. He has become the only man in history to get to 100 international centuries, a mind boggling achievement comparable to Don Bradman’s career average of 99.94. In his career that has spanned over two decades, he has achieved almost everything as an individual and has also been part of innumerable team successes, including a World Cup win in 2011.

Tendulkar, who did not play many One Dayers since the World Cup triumph, featuring only in the CB series and the Asia Cup, pulled the plug on a glorious career in the 50-over format when he announced his retirement from ODIs on 23 December 2012. His record in ODIs – 463 ODIs, 18,426 runs and 49 centuries – is an unmatchable feat.

More than numbers though, it is what Tendulkar brings to the arena every time he sets foot on the field that touches fans, cutting across boundaries and nationalities. He has been hailed by Sir Donald Bradman as the man most resembling the Don in batting style, and he has lived up to that by scoring runs consistently against all comers and on all surfaces for a time-frame and a number of matches that has been unmatched by anyone in the history of cricket.

Tendulkar has also been the single biggest factor behind the explosion of popularity that cricket enjoys in India which led to the Indian board becoming the richest and most powerful in world cricket. In a country already predisposed to cricket, Tendulkar gave the people a hero they could look upto regardless of age, colour, creed or sect — and catapulted cricket from a sport to a religion in the subcontinent.

Tendulkar retired from the IPL after Mumbai won the title in 2013 before stepping away completely from the T20 format after Mumbai lifted the CLT20 for a record second time. The Master Blaster announced his retirement from Test cricket on October 10, 2013, a month before a two-Test series against the West Indies which would see him play his historic 200th Test in front of his home crowd in Mumbai. He did not disappoint the fans as he compiled a gritty 74 in his final Test on November 16, 2013. On the same day, the Indian government announced the Bharat Ratna award for him – the highest civilian award given in India. Soon after, he took some time off the game and returned to mentor Mumbai Indians for IPL 2014.

Little known facts:

* Tendulkar holds the unique distinction of scoring a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy.
* Tendulkar was the first player to be given out by the third umpire in an international game.
* Tendulkar was a ball boy during the 1987 semi-final between India and England.

by Saurabh Somani

Courtesy: DC & CB

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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