Sachin: A Billion Dreams

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Sachin A Billion Dreams
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Theatrical poster
Directed byJames Erskine
Written byJames Erskine
Sivakumar Ananth
Music byA. R. Rahman
Edited byAvdhesh Mohla
200 NotOut Productions
Distributed byAA Films
Cineestan AA Distributors
Release date
  • 26 May 2017 (2017-05-26)
Box officeest. 76.86 crore[1]

Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a 2017 Indian docudrama-biographical film directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions. The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.[2][3][4] The film was released on 26 May 2017.[5][6] It captures Tendulkar's cricket and personal life in substantial detail, as well as reveals few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before.[7] The film is simultaneously shot in Hindi, Marathi and English.[8] Dubbed versions of the film will be released in Tamil and Telugu.[9]

The Film was declared tax free in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Odisha.[10]


The film follow two main plots- The first shows Sachin's childhood to his career till 1999. The second focuses on his transformation as the 'God of Cricket' till his first world cup win. The film is mainly narrated by Sachin with some narration of Harsha Bhogle and Boria Majumdar. The film follows a scene-wise narration of different celebrities including fellow cricketers and actors. Most of the scenes in the film are depicted through video recordings of Sachin's personal life, interviews and cricket matches.

Before the film, clips are shown of birth of Sachin's daughter Sara. The film begins with Sachin tricking his friend to fall in a bore. Sachin narrates about his early childhood that he developed an interest in Cricket after India's 1983 triumph. He used to learn cricket from his coach R. Achrekar. Due to accommodations, he shifted to his aunt's house close to the park. Sachin rose to fame after he made a 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli. He grew up practicing cricket daily until he was signed by Yorkshire.

There is a narration of Indo-Pak rivalry after which Sachin makes his international debut against Pakistan where he performed well. He was picked in the squad for the 1992 Cricket World Cup where India didn't have a great run. Later on, Sachin started rising up the charts.

The scene cuts back to Sachin and his wife Anjali walking in a park. Sachin tells about how he met her and later on they married. The film follows Sachin developing glory towards the start of 1996 World Cup. During its semifinal, India was eliminated despite Sachin's best performance.

Sachin's father passed away in 1999 stark before the 1999 World Cup. He played in depression though he performed well despite India not reaching the finals. He was praised for his courage and brilliance. Following that, the film shows in detail the darkest phase of Indian cricket. After that, BCCI devised a new team with new players. Tendulkar was made captain two times, having resigned both after facing pressure. He improved his performance by every match. After that, Sachin went on to become the poster boy of the country. He started featuring in most of the TV ads. Mark Mascarenhas also became Sachin's agent. Sachin transformed as the biggest celebrity in India at that time.

The film shows Sachin's rivalry with fellow cricketers transforming into friendship. It also throws light on India's famous test victory over Australia. Sachin went on to become Player Of The Series at the 2003 World Cup though India lost the final. The screen cuts back to Sachin with his son Arjun in England. Arjun was born 2 weeks after Sachin's father's death. Sachin practises with his son and aspires to make him a cricketer. He has always focused on his abilities due to which Arjun has entered the limelight. Every incident with Sachin results in India bestowing glory.

The film shows the events before the 2007 World Cup. The whole team seems to be dissuaded with coach Greg Chappell's advise. Their faith was crushed due to his discrimination policies. As a result, India was eliminated early in the tourney by Sri Lanka. The team removed the coach and appointed Gary Kirsten as their coach.

A depressed Sachin is encouraged by his brother Ajit, to win the World Cup once and for all. Seeming maybe his last chance, he began to prepare everything before the 2011 Cricket World Cup being held in his country and the final in his own city. He eventually became the all-time Test run scorer. The film cuts back to his present life. Sachin tells that whenever he is upset, he always hangs out with his childhood friends. Clips are shown of their enjoyment. He deems them an important part of his life.

India eventually reaches the final of the world cup after 2 brilliant centuries from Sachin in group stages. Sachin gets out on a brittle 18 seeming his last World Cup innings. But strong partnerships and decisive innings by Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni get India back in the match. Dhoni seals the world cup with a six as Sachin finally achieves his lifelong dream. The nation goes berserk and everyone dedicates the victory to Sachin's 24-year hard work for his country. Later on, Sachin scores his 100th century against Bangladesh, an impossible milestone.

Sachin eventually plays his last Test match in 2013 wherein after scoring 74, he gives an emotional speech and thanks everyone who helped him by his way towards glory. He cries and bids farewell to the pitch. After achieving everything he wanted in his life, a proud Sachin walks by the beach thanking God.

In a video after the credits, though equally loving each member of his family, Sachin's father expresses that Sachin is and will be special for him forever.


The film was released on 26 May 2017 in India. on 21 May, Sachin Tendulkar conducted a special screening of the film for the Indian Armed Forces personnel at the Indian Air Force Auditorium.[11]

Since the filmmakers wanted the film to appeal to the cricketer's diverse fans nationwide, it was also released in five languages – English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.[12]


The name of the film was selected via a contest that Sachin Tendulkar had announced on Twitter.[13]

In May 2017, Sachin traveled to London to promote the film.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Hindustan Times wrote in their review that the movie had "everything" to make its audience "nostalgic".[15] The Times of India gave 3 stars out of five.[16]


Sachin: A Billion Dreams (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released24 April 2017
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelTimes Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kaatru Veliyidai
Sachin: A Billion Dreams (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The music of the film is composed by A. R. Rahman, while lyrics is written by Irshad Kamil. The full soundtrack consisting 3 tracks was released on 24 April 2017 by Times Music. The lyrics for Tamil, Marathi, Telugu songs were written by Madhan Karky, Subodh Khanolkar and Vanamali respectively.

Hindi track listing[edit]

1."Hind Mere Jind"A. R. RahmanA.R. Rahman5:14
2."Sachin Sachin"A.R. RahmanSukhwinder Singh, Kaly4:09
3."Mard Maratha"A.R. RahmanA. R. Ameen, Anjali Gaikwad3:34
Total length:12:57

Tamil track Listing[edit]

1."Indhianey Vaa"A. R. RahmanKarthik, A.R. Rahman5:15
2."Sachin Sachin"A.R. RahmanSid Sriram, Poorvi Koutish, Nikhita Gandhi4:09
3."Cricket Kara"A.R. RahmanA. R. Ameen, Vishwaprasad, Anjali Gaikwad3:30
Total length:12:54

Telugu track Listing[edit]

1."Deshamokkate"A. R. RahmanA.R. Rahman, Nakul Abhyankar5:15
2."Sachin Sachin"A.R. RahmanParag Chhabra, Poorvi Koutish, Nikhita Gandhi4:11
3."Veer Marata"A.R. RahmanA. R. Ameen, Anjali Gaikwad3:31
Total length:12:57

Marathi track Listing[edit]

1."Hind Mere Jind"A. R. RahmanA.R. Rahman, Abhay Jodhpurkar5:13
2."Sachin Sachin"A.R. RahmanNakash Aziz, Poorvi Koutish, Nikhita Gandhi4:10
3."Mard Marathi"A.R. RahmanA. R. Ameen, Anjali Gaikwad3:29
Total length:12:52


The film won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary, the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section and an honorary diploma at the 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018.[17]


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  8. ^ Correspondent, Special. "The film is about my real journey: Tendulkar".
  9. ^ "'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' to release in five languages including Marathi and Tamil - The Economic Times".
  10. ^ "'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' made tax-free in Odisha".
  11. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar holds screening of 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' for armed forces". 21 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Sachin: A Billion Dreams To Release in Five Languages". CNN-News18. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar asks fans to suggest movie title". The Indian Express. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  14. ^ Sabika Razvi (May 6, 2017). "In Photos: Sachin Tendulkar Takes 'A Billion Dreams' to London". The Quint. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Sachin - A Billion Dreams movie review: It has everything to make you nostalgic". 26 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Sachin A Billion Dreams Review {3/5}: James Erskine puts Sachin on a pedestal and tells the story with an unnatural amount of reverence". The Times of India.
  17. ^ "'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' wins two awards at Tehran International FICTS Fest". Hindustan Times. January 23, 2018.

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