Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ has got off to a great start on box-office as it managed to earn Rs 8.40 crore on day 1 despite tough competition from Arjun Kapoor’s ‘Half Girlfriend’ and ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, according to the figures provided by business analyst Taran Adarsh. “Considering it’s a docu-drama, #SachinABillionDreams opens IMPRESSIVELY… Fri ₹ 8.40 cr. India biz [Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, English],” wrote Adarsh on his Twitter account.
The makers of the movie also looked excited with the start and told news agency IANS, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams creates history as docu-drama. Biggest opening in the genre with Rs 8.40 crore in India in all languages.” The biopic also released in UK on Saturday, reported PTI. “Playing cricket was like going to the temple for me,” says Tendulkar in the film, which has been narrated by him. It was directed by London-based director James Erskine who is a well-known sports documentarian.
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The film, which has been set to a musical score by Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman, also has previously lesser-known glimpses of the personal life of the 44-year-old cricketing genius who played 200 Test matches in his illustrious career. “This film really is the story of the man, and while cricket is a huge part of his life, it is just one chapter,” said Erskine. Responding to the good response that the film is getting, Tendulkar wrote in one post: “For me, it’s always about intention rather than expectation. We gave it our 100 per cent. So glad you liked it.”
Earlier, a special screening was held for the Indian cricket team before it left for England to attend to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy. The screening was attended by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and other members of the side.