Sachin: A Billion Dreams


- Today, you can't talk to Anjali

because she's just had an operation.

- You're going to be a

cricketer like your father?

- Father's so shy,

he's not looking up.

- I am scared.

- I'm concentrating very hard.

As far as I can remember...

...l always wanted

to be like my father.

- Should we go to Goa?

He always told me that,

"Whatever you want to be in life...

...make sure you give your best

and you don't find shortcuts."

- So unaware of what everybody's doing.

"You've chosen to play cricket, that

is just one chapter in your life.

Something that's going to stay permanently

with you is the person that you are."

"lf people told me that he's

a better person than a cricketer...

...then I would be a happier father."

What is India?

I think there is no India.

I think there are a thousand lndias

At the stroke of the midnight hour,

India will awake to life and freedom!

- In a country, where there's

such widespread poveny still...

...unless it is dealt with,

no system will prevail.

The story of India over the last 25-30

years... is of a nation finding itself.

A nation going after a hero...

...believing that an Indian

could be the best in the world.

The one sphere where

India comes real is sport.

Between 1989 and 2013

we've had ten governments.

The television

revolution has happened.

Amidst all of this chaos,

there is one order...

There's probably

never been a player...

...who's disappointed so many people,

so seldom, over such a long period.

For India...

Sachin is not so much an icon... an emotion.

- Wow... fritters... sweets!

- Hey! Did you wash your hands?

- I did... five times.

- Five times? I see...

- Here...

- Gaurav...

- Hey, Gaurav.

- Look there. A 2 rupee note!

- What?

- Look there...

Three steps to your left.

- What happened, son?

Are you alright?

- I told him to be careful,

or he'll fall into the ditch.

- But he didn't listen.

- When did you warn him?

We didn't hear anything!

I come from a very simple,

middle-class family.

My father was a Marathi professor...

...a writer and a poet, too.

Colours are lost in the sky.

Colours are lost in the sky.

Colours are spread in my eyes.

My brothers and sister,

we were very close to each other.

Music was very

important in our family.

That's why I was named...

He was very mischievous.

Children are very mischievous.

He had eaten his lunch, and...

...hid a frog in the empty lunchbox.

It was a prank for him...

...and I had no clue.

So when I opened

the box I saw a frog...

...and it immediatelyjumped out.

I inherited my industrious

nature from my mother.

She would work day and night...

...and never tire.

But I would never listen to her.

But whenever my brother

Nitin called me...

...l would immediately run back home.

Because I was scared of him.

He would run around

like he was on rollerskates.

He was never indoors.

Always on the ground.

- Always wash before eating!

Sachin would sometimes

even eat outside on the ground.

He was full of energy...

...a bundle of energy.

I played a lot of pranks.

The naughtiest thing that I did...

...was when we would deflate

all four tires of the car.

- Whoever has done this

show himself right now.

That was very naughty.

I wouldn't want anyone

to do that to my car!

- These brats have made my life hell.

- Father.

- Looks nice on you.

I remember my sister Savita...

...bringing gifts for everyone

from her trip to Kashmir.

- And for me?

- Close your eyes.

- Closed?

- Now open.

I bought a small gift for Sachin...

...just to play with.

- Right hand on the base...

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Siva Ananth

Siva Ananth is an Indian film director, who has regularly collaborated with film maker Mani Ratnam. He made his directorial debut with Chukkallo Chandrudu (2006), and has also served in other professions in the film industry. more…

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