It’s been long-talked about, now the stars and the country’s top cricketers past and present, have seen this new film…
BOLLYWOOD’S biggest stars joined some of India’s best-known cricketers for the special premiere of the film, ‘Sachin: A billion Dreams’ in Mumbai last night.
Among those attending were Shah Rukh Khan and the Bachchan family, including Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai, who has just returned from Cannes. Also there was Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan can be seen in the actual film too.
Also, the whole Indian cricket team saw the film ahead of travelling to England for the forthcoming Champions Trophy (see below).
India skipper Virat Kohli was joined by his Bollywood star girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.
Among a crop of former stars was the man who Kohli replaced, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and bowler Zaheer Khan. You can see Singh’s reaction below…
The king of Bollywood cool, Shah Rukh Khan, also turned up.
— Karmik Varma (@iKarmik) May 25, 2017
AR Rahman, who has just returned from Cannes himself also attended this premiere. He has composed the background score.
Among the other personalities attending were: Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Asha Bhosle, businessman Mukesh and wife, Nita Ambani, music star Sonu Nigam, Bollywood figures, Aditi Rao Hydari, Gulshan Grover, Farah Khan, John Abraham, Anu Kapoor, Aditya Thackrey, Kabir Khan and Mini Mathur, Sushant Singh Raput, and Kriti Sanon.
India cricket chief Rahul Johri CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur former BCCI President, and another powerful figure in the games’ adminstration, Praful Patel, also attended.
The film also screened to UK-based journalists last night at a hotel in London.
www.asianculturevulture.com was among them. We have an interview with UK-based director James Erskine and will publish that after the general press embargo which ceases tomorrow morning in the UK.
The film is mainly made up of footage from Sachin’s playing days but also includes dramatic (acted-out) scenes from his childhood and most tellingly, perhaps as Dhoni himself says, family videos. Last year, a biopic of Dhoni – India’s Captain Marvel came out to both popular and critical acclaim.
These are very touching, it has to be said. We will leave at it at that for now. Look out for our coverage on ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ shortly…
For India cricket fans, the attention after this film will quickly switch to the Champions Trophy clash between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 4.
The tournament starts on June 1 with England playing Bangladesh at the Oval, London. The final is at Lord’s on June 18. The other countries participating are: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka. India are the defending champions.
‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ opens worldwide May 26.
Lead top pic caption (l-r): Present India team; Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Sachin with his first cricket coach, Ramakant Achrekar; Sachin and wife Anjali with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan
Images courtesy of ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ PR