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Sachin Tendulkar ready to start ‘second innings’ with his biopic

Sachin Tendulkar was excited to start a new chapter of his life as he attended the screening of ‘Sachin: A billion dreams’ on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: May 23, 2017 20:32 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Mumbai: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during a launch event in Mumbai.
Mumbai: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during a launch event in Mumbai.(PTI)

“Good to see you all from real life to reel life.”

The audience made up of sports journalists was in conversation with director James Erskine when Sachin Tendulkar walked in as his film, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, was being screened. It came to a halt as Tendulkar took centre stage and shared his journey.

A portion of the movie, scheduled to be released on May 26, was screened and starts from his childhood, getting noticed by coach Ramakant Achrekar, his first international tour against Pakistan to winning the World Cup in 2011.

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“This was a new experience for me. All my life I had been looking towards the next game and let people talk about my last innings. Here I had to speak regarding my past throughout,” said Tendulkar. Admitting he was excited about the family watching the movie, he said there was hardly anything the film did not cover. “They had 10,000 hours of footage and I admire their skills because how do you make sense of something over 35 years and squeeze that to two hours and 17 minutes… I said this is the first innings I’ve played, now you need to play the second innings,” he said.

“The film was shot at my house, it’s not a studio. So what you see is my house in Bandra Sahitya Sahawas. You see Ajit (brother) trying to teach me how to play, it’s the ground where I grew up. So everything is real. The only thing is that I can’t go back to being a five-year-old,” Tendulkar laughed.

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He took a walk down memory lane and spoke of Mark Mascarenhas, his former agent who died in a car crash, his father (Ramesh) and people who helped shape his career. There’s also a rare footage of the late Ramesh Tendulkar where he states: “I am proud of all my children. About Sachin, everyone considers him as their family member, which is an extremely proud feeling.”

There were a few funny ones as well, like the interaction with Tom Alter. “I remember this was immediately after I was invited to play at the India nets to bat against Kapil Dev. Dilip Vengsarkar had invited me and Tom asked me ‘so how was it facing Kapil Dev?’ I replied ‘he was also good’,” he said, as the audience burst into laughter.

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While Erskine said the film shows Tendulkar as a child to a father of two, Tendulkar admitted stardom has been challenging for his children. “When people are constantly focusing on you and analysing everything you do, my childhood was never like that. Neither was yours,” he said.

“We’ve all had that freedom and that’s what we all want. He (Arjun) plays cricket, I’ve always been saying that let your articles follow his performances. It must not be the other way round.”