"Whaddaplaya! What a wonderful player!"
If there is a movie being made on Sachin Tendulkar, these legendary words from Tony Greig had to - HAD TO - be there in the video that was eagerly awaited by cricket fans.
The teaser for Sachin: A Billion Dreams is here and there is only one word to describe it.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 14, 2016
The movie, about the journey of Sachin from a 'wild boy' to a 'virtuous hero' who united a nation, is directed by Emmy nominated director James Erskine, with music composed by none other than Oscar Award winner, AR Rahman.
The teaser begins with Sachin speaking about his father in his inimitable voice. "My father always told me that you have chosen to play cricket, that is just one chapter in life. But something that will stay permanently with you is the person you are."
From then on, the teaser kicks into top gear with shots of tricolor waving, chants of "Sachin! Sachin!" and 'We want Sachin!" in the background, and a coin placed on top of his stumps -- a story about his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar that every cricket fan knows about. Super fan Sudhir Gautam, of course, is featured in a frame as well.
As Sachin walks into the stands, the image of Sachin - A Billion Dreams dissolves over it, with Rahman's music hitting crescendo.
If the teaser is any indication, the movie promises to be one emotional roller-coaster which cricket lovers in India would not want to miss.
Sachin Tendulkar spoke about the experiences during the shooting of the film and concluded that he preferred to do what he does best, which is play cricket. "For so many years, I did whatever I wanted to do and the camera captured that. Suddenly I was asked to do particular things and then the camera captured that, so it was a bit different for me. Believe me, the first option was better," said Tendulkar at a function in Mumbai, where he was announced as the face of the inaugural IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon, scheduled to be held on 21 August.
"Acting is not something that I dreamt of. Without any doubt, acting was more challenging than playing cricket. I enjoyed playing more," added Tendulkar, who played 200 Test matches before retiring in November, 2013.
Go ahead, see it for yourself.