Sachin A Billion Dreams has received excellent reviews from critics. In fact, so far, with average ratings of more than 3.5, it’s the best rated film of the year.
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Sachin A Billion Dreams Review by Indicine
Sachin: A Billion Dreams will remind us of the reason we fell in love with the man. It will also remind us why so many lost their interest in the game after he retired There was no one like him before, and there’s not going to be anyone after him either. (We don’t switch-off the television after a batsman gets out anymore, do we?) Sachin: A Billion Dreams will take us on a journey of a man from Mumbai but it will also take us on a journey of India – a rooted, humble story of tremendous success. It will inspire everyone to scream out “Sachin, Sachin” once again. No Rating. Go watch it
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
When the protagonist has been the collective voice and conscience of India’s cricketing history, then he’s a tough subject to make a film on. Naturally, James Erskine puts Sachin on a pedestal and tells the story with an unnatural amount of reverence.
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a movie strictly for cricket fans. But then that’s the entire country, including yours truly. At the end of the movie, a fellow journalist told me ‘This is the happiest I have seen you after any movie.’ It’s true because I just watched a good piece of cinema where I became a cricket fan once again, and had relived my childhood. This is easily the best movie on cricket, and whether you are a Sachin fan or not, you will find tears flowing through the sides of your cheeks at the end of the film. Sachin: A Billion Dreams is highly recommended. Just make sure you cheer with the rest of the audience …Sachin…Sachin…!
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Overall, it is a good watch, but at the end, it’s a documentary which is a compilation of his real-life footages. The idea of promoting it as a film is a little weird. It is like any other documentary made on several sportspersons that are available online. Or perhaps it’s Sachin’s vast popularity across the globe that the director thought of the idea of making it.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
It has Sachin talking about his life. How he was a naughty little boy, who grew up to be a serious, focussed cricketer, represented the country, played fabulously, and then retired gracefully. Everything is fantastic and coated with honey and dusted with sugar and fairy dust. Even the darkest period in cricket – the scandal of match fixing – is glossed over, because Sachin says, ‘What could I say? It was unbelievable and stunning.’ Considering how the ‘movie’ has gone so far, this does not surprise you.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
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.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The film has been shot quite well and the background music by A.R. Rahman, the ‘Mozart of Madras’, is one of the highlights of the film as it elevates the narrative to another level altogether. Every time the ‘Sachin… Sachin’ chant reverberates through the cinema-hall, you feel goosebumps on your skin-such is the impact of the docu-drama. James Erskine deserves kudos for his taut direction and for making the film engaging enough to arrest the attention of every viewer in the cinema-hall. What I also liked about the film is that it is not just about Sachin, but about Indian cricket as a whole, with emphasis on the other members of the team and on the people behind Sachin, who made him what he is today.
Review by Saiyami Kher on Rediff
The film ends with Sachin’s heart wrenching farewell speech where each and everyone of us didn’t want him to go. It’s a nostalgia trip of the most celebrated sportsman to have graced our planet and leaves us with the chant of “Sachinnnn, Sachinn!” reverberating through our ears and hearts. All that we desire at the end of the film, is to hear the commentator on our screens state, “And the incoming batsman is Sachin Tendulkar”, and then watch him take strike for real just one more time.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
For a movie made as a fulsome tribute, the challenge is always going to be to keep someone who is not bananas about the game (which includes your faithful critic) to stay with the film: I did, and enjoyed almost every minute of it, cheering at the World Cup win, blinking back tears at Sachin’s farewell speech, even while asking for more.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Sachin A Billion Dreams does really well in bringing out the relationship between Sachin and his father and how he couldn’t deal with the loss for a long time and how he wanted to make him proud even after his death during the 1999 World Cup. You will find players like Harbhajan Singh, Ravi Shashtri and M S Dhoni and Virat Kohli talking about Sachin Tendulkar, but it’s the real-life videos that add charm to this biopic. The one shot inside the Indian team’s dressing room after Sachin’s 35th century is remarkable and displays the delicate connection among players.
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
Sachin: A Billion Dreams, is already a superhero, and everybody knows his story. There is nothing that is unheard of, such as in the case of, say, Indian boxer Mary Kom whose biopic released in 2014. There is no untold story here, unlike the case of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose biopic came last year. Generations of Indians have been witness to the Sachin story and his tales have been repeated again and again for years, in articles, sports programmes, among you, your father, your uncle and the eldest in the family discussing his records, his centuries, his hits and misses and infinite number of times. In such a case, all that Sachin: A Billion Dreams could do, and did do, is that it repeated the story just one more time. And that worked.
Review by Mohar Basu on Mid-Day India
Erskine paints a palpable picture of Tendulkar, gently revealing his psyche through the lulls in his life, expressing his excitement when the time was good, and how the cricketer sought solace in music, vada pav and the almighty. His teammates play strong supporting roles as the film climaxes with the momentous 2011 World Cup win, and his stirring retirement speech. What you’ll watch in theatres is not just another movie. It’s India’s biggest success story, that of a curly mopped kid conquering the nation’s heart.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
This retelling of a life less ordinary is measured — much like how Tendulkar responds to most deliveries. So controversies, such as the match-fixing scandal, have been portrayed without digging deeper and sticking to what has already been reported. And while the various match footage seem like watching the highlights — every delivery culminates into something remarkable — it is one man’s ability to unite a nation of a billion and more that makes this a documentary worth watching.
Review by IANS on Sify
A simple man whose phenomenal achievements do not influence his behaviour on the field or in the family fold, Tendulkar comes across in the film as guileless and driven. We get to see Sachin Tendulkar talk directly into the camera. Again it’s not about how he throws words or pauses between them. It’s about telling the world that his heart beats for cricket. Everything else, including family, must wait. For telling it like it is, for giving the national hero a befitting cinematic homage and for opening up the vistas of dreams that every working class youngster lives and dies with, Sachin: A Billion Dreams deserves a standing ovation. For giving us a documentary that is neither dry nor pedantic nor over-eulogistic, the entire team of this film deserves a “We Love Sachin” sweat-shirt each…. Signed by the man.
Review by KR Guruprasad on DNA India
For a cricket aficionado, the film checks all the boxes, the memorable debut, failure as a captain, personal milestones, injuries, the disappointment of 1996, 2003 and 2007 World Cups and the subsequent triumph in the 2011 edition. It also touches upon the match-fixing saga and the controversial reign of Greg Chappell as the coach of Team India.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
If you’re a Tendulkar worshipper, you were probably sold at the first poster itself. But nevertheless, the docudrama will be a treat for you. It’ll be like a nostalgia ride, one for the good, wherein you’ll find yourself smiling, sighing and sobbing along with Tendulkar.
Sachin A Billion Dreams Review by Indiaglitz
The dramatized version of Sachin’s childhood track could have been better as well as engaging. People who are not associated with cricket might not experience the same magic. The documentary styling might not highly appeal to the masses. Also, for the young kids who have missed out on Sachin phenomena, might find hard to connect with it. Few more important tracks and controversial topics should have been handled in the film. ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is like a lifetime innings which should not be missed by everyone who knows and love Sachin Tendulkar.
Review by Rima Bhatia on Bollyspice
If you are a cricketing fan, if you are a Sachin fan, then yes go watch it. I can honestly say you will learn about Sachin the man and Sachin the cricketer. Bear in mind, this is not a typical Bollywood film. It is about the dream of a man that were shared a billion times over with every Indian cricket fan as well as every Sachin fan.
Review by Jeet on Wogma
It is euphoric, yes, it is bound to be. It is about cricket. But still it manages to stay low-keyed. And in this restrained tonality is embedded a good deal of exposition of his journey, all the crests, and troughs. The narrative strategy is simple–to focus on key people close to him, while following the timeline of his cricket career. Life and career are thus more-or-less equally addressed, and instances from life and subsequent reflections on them, help us understand his cricket better.
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