This is the opportunity Sachin Tendulkar’s fans have been waiting for – the chance to watch the rise of the man who is arguably cricket’s biggest star all over again. Sachin: A Billion Dreams released nationwide on May 26 and the nation has been showering it with love (and money) ever since.
The authorised biopic is in the form of a docu-drama with video footage of Sachin not just on the field but off it and aspects of his personal life that haven’t been seen before. The film was released in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, English and Tamil and on its first day alone, its collections reached 8.60 crores. As per Taran Adarsh, the movie collected 9.20 crores on Saturday, 10.25 crores on Sunday, 4.20 crores on Monday and 3.50 crores on Tuesday. In less than a week, the movie has done Rs. 35.75 crore worth of business.
Part of the reason for the wild success of this movie is that instead of just focussing on his career in cricket, the movie also chronicles his personal life – an aspect of himself that he has guarded fiercely all this while. Sachin fans were thrilled to see interviews with people who are close to him and have been that way through all the ups and downs that the cricketer has faced.
There is no doubt about the fact that the fans came for the love of Sachin and cricket, but they stayed because they got never-before-seen glimpses into Sachin’s life and relationships, whether they were with his children Arjun and Sara or his wife Anjali or his brother Ajit or his parents.
There were rumours that Sachin has charged approximately Rs. 35-40 crores for the movie – rumours that were quickly quashed by the movie spokesperson, who said, “The suggestion on Sachin Tendulkar’s fee for Sachin: A Billion Dreams is incorrect and grossly overstated. Sachin has completely backed this project which has resulted in the creation of a commercially viable genre of docu-drama for the Indian film industry.”
What cannot be denied is that the movie does take you on a roller-coaster of emotions as you go back into yesteryear and see the rise of one of the cricket’s greatest stars.