Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar was in Dubai on Sunday to promote his upcoming biographical film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ that the 44-year-old promises will provide a unique peek into his extraordinary life on and off the field.
The movie will be released on May 25 in the UAE and fans will get to know what made Tendulkar tick as a person and player. With never-before-seen footage from Tendulkar’s personal archive, the movie will provide sports lovers an opportunity to witness the highs and lows of Tendulkar’s remarkable career in which he became the most prolific batsman in history, scoring 100 international centuries.
Encapsulating all that into a movie was no mean task and Tendulkar said reliving all those moments of his life was “special”.
“When I started recording for the movie, to relive all those moments was something special,” Tendulkar told Sport360 on Sunday.
“There were a few emotional moments where there were personal losses, and some unpleasant moments on the field. There were also some amazing moments that were the best cricketing days of my life. Reminiscing all those things was superb. To look back and think about 24 years, the package wasn’t a bad one.”
As expected, a lot of effort went into the movie with the creators going through more than 10,000 hours of footage to produce as complete a picture as possible of Tendulkar’s life.
“I have spoken about my childhood as well in the movie. From the age of five, all the way to my retirement. In that there were various chapters and we have tried to cover all of them. That package is 10,000 hours of archives and personal videos.
“I told the producer and director that it is their job to stitch things together to make sense of it all as expectations are very high. We have tried our best,” the World Cup winning batsman said.
His latest effort is in contrast to his persona during his playing days when Tendulkar guarded his thoughts and private life fiercely.
“I have been a private person. People know about it. But people also have high expectations. So when they leave the theatre, what do I leave with them is really important. That’s why we have added personal videos which the entire family felt comfortable sharing. It’s something the fans would never have seen.”