Reviewed by apickard
on 11/08/2014 16:30

Cricket in India isn't something to be taken lightly and this documentary beautifully illustrates this. \r\n\r\nWe meet Sudhir, who is possibly the most committed fans of all fans. Nothing can get between him and his idol Sachin Tendulkar. The appreciation of India's star cricketer towards Sudhir is heart-warming and it clearly encourages Sudhir to carry on. \r\n\r\nWe also follow the life of Prithvi, a cricket prodigy who carries the hopes and dreams not only of his father but also a local politician on his shoulders who funds his training. \r\n\r\nEighteen-year-old Akshaya is proof that as well as reaching all classes and ages, cricket also reaches both sexes. Akshaya hopes to make it onto the under-19s girls team in Mumbai and gambles her education to get there.\r\n\r\nWe truly sympathise with the three protagonists even if we can't fully understand them -especially the lengths that Sudhir goes to. But we have to acknowledge the joy that cricket obviously brings these people. Cricket is their life. Cricket offers hope and relative equality in a society still often held back by poverty and a lack of education. Through cricket, one million people are given something to unite over. \r\n\r\nI am not a cricket fan. I know nothing about cricket (or should I say knew? Since I learnt some terms from Prithvi)and yet I found this documentary fascinating. We are given an authentic insight into this great nation through a passion of its people. There can't be many better ways of doing this.\r\n\r\n