For many cricket fans, both cricket and fandom changed on 16 November, 2013. It was as if the sport lost a limb when Sachin Tendulkar retired that day after playing his 200th Test. Since then, fans have latched on to anything with Sachin in it. The autobiography, the All Stars bonanza, his tweets, his appearances; anything Sachin does is a spectacle. Get ready for another one.
A documentary film on one of cricket's greatest and most beloved personalities, called "Sachin: A Billion Dreams", is in the making and fans will soon get a glimpse of it. The man himself announced the release date of the teaser of the docu-feature, along with a film poster, on Twitter.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 11, 2016
The poster also comes with a cryptic piece of text: "55 days of training. One pair of trousers. The Sachin story." While one can only speculate what that means, come 14 April, just 10 days before Sachin's birthday, much light will be shed on the film.
Sachin, on 8 February, had hinted about the film by tweeting that he was shooting "something very close to my heart", along with a photo of him at Shivaji Park, one of the most famous crickets nurseries in Mumbai, where he started playing cricket under his coach Ramakant Achrekar.
Back to where I started... Nostalgia! Filming for something very close to my heart! Watch this space for more. pic.twitter.com/BzwlXY6VBW
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 8, 2016
Even Shah Rukh Khan can't contain his excitement.
This one I have to watch. Show me NA soon my friend. https://t.co/DeIxqGGc4v
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 11, 2016
2016 is going to be some sort of cricketing extravaganza in Bollywood with two biopics already releasing - on Mohammad Azharuddin and MS Dhoni. Add to it Sachin's documentary and the fans are in for a real treat. The film is being directed by James Erskine, who has previously directed a made-for-television film on Tennis star Billie Jean King and another film on famous cyclist Marco Pantini.
According to a report in Times of India, the film was 30 months in the making and was shot in five countries. "We have recreated characters and situations from his life. The viewers will have a different experience with many never-seen-before moments from the legend's professional and personal life," the report quoted Erskine as saying.
Though no release date for the film has yet been announced, the news of it's existence is exciting enough. A documentary film on Sachin is like Christmas coming early for his fans.