The trailer of the film was launched on April 13 in a packed Juhu auditorium applauding its first screening.

"This film has helped me relive the important moments of my life through its making! I remain a private person but realised that there is much I have not revealed or spoken about, to those who have been instrumental to my life and career, especially my fans," Tendulkar told the mediapersons.

"I hope the film will be yet another avenue for fans who have showered their love and blessings on me, to cherish the journey that we undertook together for over 24 years," he said.

Also present at the launch were the director, James Erskine who had flown down from the UK specially to attend the trailer launch.

The producer Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut, and Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman of Carnival Group also shared the dias with Sachin Tendulkar and James Erskine after the screening of the trailer.

Producer Bhagchandka, said,"Making this movie has been my pilgrimage! This film will give his fans who have watched his cricketing feats on the television screen, the opportunity to see Sachin on the big movie screen!"

The trailer gave the eager audience a hint of what the film has in store for Sachin's fans. With glimpses of key scenes from the film showing moments of cricketing glory, personal moments, unseen footage from the dressing room and much more, the film promises to be every Sachin fan s dream come true.

Erskine, award-winning director of a number of international films on sports, took the audience through the making of the film. He said:"Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates as well as players from rival teams and others.

Sachin is both gracious, and a perfectionist, and being able to make this film for the Indian people and many more across the globe was a true honour.

His wife Anjali Tendulkar also features in the trailer and reveals a different side of the cricketing icon. "Cricket was first and we were all second. We accepted it," she says. "When the team didn't do well, he would be so upset that he wouldn't be able to sleep at night."

A happy surprise is the brief appearance of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who says: "I would ask people to let me know when Sachin comes in to bat."

"For me, playing cricket was like going to a temple," the Master Blaster says, in a line that's resonating with many who grew up worshipping him.

Music scored by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. Sachin: A Billion Dreams will release in Hindi, Marathi, English, Tamil and Telugu and is set to hit screens on May 26. But clearly, that date can't come fast enough for Sachin fans.





(Inputs from PTI)