Film relives important moments of my life, says Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said that the upcoming film ‘Sachin--A Billion Dreams’ has helped him “relive important moments” of his life.

Sachin Tendulkar during the trailer launch of ‘Sachin--A Billion Dreams’ in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  PTI

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar arrived for the trailer launch of his biographical film ‘Sachin — A Billion Dreams’ at the PVR Premiere, Juhu, in casuals. He greeted the media and other invitees with folded hands and expressed not with anxiety, but with hope that the millions who dreamed on with him during his playing days for 24 longs years will not only like the film, but that it will also stay with them.

 

Stand-up comedian and a close friend Vikram Sathaye put Tendulkar at ease at the trailer launch, but the champion batsman certainly felt excited at the film that will be released on May 26 in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil. Tendulkar himself has given the voice over in Marathi. In the 2 minute 43 seconds trailer, once Tendulkar says “going to bat was like going to a mandir.”

When Sathaye asked him what he felt like, Tendulkar said: “I am feeling exactly the way, I did my first press conference, when I scored my first international hundred (against England at Old Trafford in August 1990); until then I had no idea of what a press conference would be like. I actually ended up asking a lot of guys in the dressing room: “Kya karna hai, wahan...kya poochenghe’’ and there were guys who scared me saying, “Bahooth saare sawaal karenghe.’’

“I am experiencing the same thing again now. This is special. Over the 24 years I played for India, people have loved me, showered praise on me and supported me. This move is not about my cricket; there are aspects and chapters in my life, which we want to show everyone.’’

And when he was asked how different it was from facing Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in his first Test and from the tinsel celluloid world , Tendulkar responded by saying: “I never thought something like this will ever happen in my life. All I wanted to do as a child was to pick up a bat and play cricket for India and chase my dream. My dream started when I was ten years old...”

“I wanted to win world cup for India and hold that trophy. And I started playing cricket and along the way lot of things happened in my life, but they were all real and there were no retakes. And everything happened in front of the world. We couldn't do anything if something went wrong we couldn't plan it and say let's plan and do it. People have seen me playing cricket but there are more things in my life. It’s an overwhelming feeling and I hope people like it. It’s just an overwhelming feeling that I am able to do this.’’

Director of the film, James Erskine said: “Sachin is incredible. It was nice to get an opportunity to work on the biggest story in India. He conducted himself incredibly well. To work with him and getting emotions in the film it was interesting. I don't think there has been a greater sports icon than him in the sports world. He has admirers in England too. He had such a long career. So we were not talking about one World Cup or one game. We were making a film on one man and that too in different languages.’’