Little Master set for silver screen debut

Mumbai: After a stellar cricketing career which spanned over two decades, iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is all set to play himself in a film made on his life.

A Mumbai-based production company 200NotOut is working on the movie to be directed by award-winning British director James Erskine. “It will be mostly about his personal life since his cricketing career is well known,” a company spokesman said.

According to a report published in a leading daily, the yet-to-be titled film will cover the highs and lows of Sachin’s career, following his life both on and off the field including his childhood, youth and marriage to Dr. Anjali Tendulkar. But, the highlight of the film will be that Sachin himself will be the lead character.

200 Not Out has taken over the rights to make the film from World Sports Group (WSG), which manages Sachin’s brand and commercial interests. The film is expected to be “between 90 minutes and two hours” and could be released by the end of this year or early next year.

“Shooting for the film has been going on for the past year and we aim to continue filming through the year,” the spokesman said.

The film is aimed at Tendulkar’s fans all over the world and the makers of the film say they expect it will be watched globally by “people who like him and follow him”.

The Bharat Ratna (India’s highest civilian honour), who played an astonishing 200 Tests and scored 100 centuries across all three formats of the game, retired in 2013.

(With PTI inputs)

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