At the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018, Sachin – A Billion Dreams won two awards. They won the awards competing against dozens of sports films that were screened over the 4 days of the festival.
The Honorary Diploma and Festival Trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary went to James Erskine and the Special Award for the Best Film in the long documentary section went to Ravi Bhagchandka.
The docu-drama was the first to have had a wide theatrical release and the highest box office collections for its genre during its release in India.
Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer said:
“We are humbled that our tribute to the legend of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has received accolades at an international forum. We are glad that the story of Sachin Tendulkar fulfilling the dreams of a billion Indians by winning the cricket World Cup is touching hearts the world over and taking the sport of cricket to new audiences globally. The film will now go to the finale of the festival to be held in Milan, Italy in November 2018.”
James Erskine, the director said:
“It is a great honor that my work on telling the story of India’s greatest cricketing legend has been appreciated on a global stage. Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates, as well as players from rival teams and others and I am happy that the emotions are reaching out to a global audience. We are hopeful of more accolades coming our way as the film travels the festival circuit.”