Talking Movies : Sachin,Sachin, One more time
The author is the entertainment editor at The New Indian Express
So, it turns out that they have finally made a movie about Sachin. With all due respect to the magnificent exploits of MS Dhoni, many of us were left rather baffled when the biopic on him was announced last year. It wasn’t because he was undeserving, but it seemed like the filmmakers, while being in a hurry to cash in on the Dhoni phenomenon, had missed a film about one Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the man who got crores of awestruck fans addicted to the sport, and the Indian batsman who perhaps has been the most influential. Sure, some stats may point in the direction of Rahul Dravid, and some others may point in the direction of one Mr. Gavaskar, but what cold numbers can’t tell you is the desolation that descended on you every time Sachin got out, especially in the 1990s. He was the light that made an entire country shine, and as with all great things, time has done its bit to make us forget the euphoria he once got us feeling.
So, it turns out that they have finally made a movie about Sachin. But truth be told, it won’t really be the first film we will see about the Little Master, will it? Haven’t parts of his sporting career themselves played like scenes from films? Could all the heroism in the Baahubali films compare to the heroism of his batting performance during the famous Sharjah desert storm? Rivalling any masala moment from cinema is Sachin, returning after the dust storm disrupted play in that match, to step out and disdainfully play a lofted drive off Kasprowicz, a player whose name many of us remember only for the part he played in that innings. If Keeravani had made music for the highlights, we would have had a record-breaking super hit right there.
So, yes, it turns out that they have finally made a movie about Sachin. But even if all the nostalgia in the film reduces us to an emotional heap, it will struggle to compare with the longevity of the sorrow that engulfed us every time he got out. How about that heartbreaking opening over dismissal in the 2003 world cup final? That’s straight out of a Bala film. Or even better, how about that cruel twist to the Kolkata test in 1999 against Pakistan, when Sachin collided with Shoaib Akhtar, only to see the throw from the boundary cruelly hitting the stumps? How about the fact that the Kolkata stadium reacted by rioting in response? How about when he came back, the darling of the Kolkata crowd, to pacify the raucous audience with his meek voice, and tentative gestures? You’d struggle to write such poignant moments even in fiction. The mystery of why Kattappa killed Baahubali may have been solved, but has anybody still found an answer to why Shoaib suddenly moved directions to collide with Sachin? Can we get that hashtag trending please?
So, yes, it turns out that they have finally made a movie about Sachin, and they are promoting it as the first-ever first film to be made about the Little Master, but as those of us who grew up on his batsmanship will attest, we have seen better films… and on sports television no less.