In Karachi during the dying days of 1989, the young 16-year-old boy appeared for the first time to start breaking the silence of the crowds in cricket stadiums. Who would have thought that the little boy would be the living definition of Cricket, today. Termed as the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known and legend of thousands of millions around the globe, after a long Cricket career, will be seen back again in a ‘yet-to-be titled’ docu-feature film soon.
In his unscripted act in playgrounds, millions had already been astonished and showered with numerous moments of victory by his skills. When the little master appeared on the crease, spectators had never missed to honked cheer from all sides of the battle field. What would be the scene of theaters when the cricketing legend will be seen as himself in the docu-feature film?
After India beat Pakistan in Australia in the recent World Cup, a large number of people gathered outside his house and started shouting “Saaaachin, Saaachin”. The Master Blaster, expressing it during the India Today Conclave, said, “That was a special feeling. I was not even playing. I had not scored a run or delivered a ball.”
Twelve years after the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Australian pacer Glenn McGrath even feels that Indian fans still haven’t forgiven him for dismissing Tendulkar. “I had some great battles with Sachin. In fact, the Indians still haven’t forgiven me for getting him out in the 2003 World Cup final,” McGrath had said in an interaction with ESPNcricinfo.
For around two years, the production company 200 Not Out has been following Tendulkar to capture professional and personal life of the cricketer. James Erkskine, a London-based, writer, director and producer, who was nominated for Emmy Award in Outstanding non-fiction category special category for 2010 sports documentary , One night in Turin, has already been roped in for the the direction of the still ‘untitled Sachin’s biopic’.
Interestingly, unlike Priyanka for Mary Kom or Farhan for Milkha Singh, the Sachin’s biopic is featuring the master blaster himself. “This is Sachin being himself in the film. We have shot his journey as it is, he’s not acting, we want to show the audience the man behind what most Indians considered God,” Ravi Bhagchandka , founder the 200 Not Out, tells Tehelka.
The production company had run a contest to name the film and it received over half a million entries. “This is a project very close to the heart and its a global film as he has million of fans around the world. They may not necessarily be only Indians. We want everyone to watch the film and understand his journey,” says Bhagchandka .
The living legend earned bagful of achievements, which included winning of the historic 2011 ODI World Cup, one of his golden achievements that led him being awarded the India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna. The gem of cricket bid adieu with more than 15,000 Test runs and nearly 20,000 one-day international runs to his name, and till now is the only batsman in the history to have scored 100 international centuries.
Recently, the 200 Not Out has tied up with Carnival Motion Pictures. Carnival Groups’ multiplex chain Carnival Cinemas, which recently acquired the Big Cinemas, to leverage its existing network and distribution expertise to release the priceless moments of the cricketer in more than 3000 theaters across the globe.
“Sachin to cricket is what Michael Jackson was to music and Ali to boxing, and also how we got a diversified nation together, probably the only man after Gandhi and his journey had to be captured to inspire generations and also to have lifelong memories of what the Sachin era was like,” Bhagchandka expressed.
The production house is all set to give viewers many never seen moments from the professional and personal life of the legend. The company, however, has not divulged the release date and name of the docu-feature yet, but prepare your umbrella as the little master is all set to rain sixes worldwide in one of the upcoming Fridays.