Film: Beyond All Boundaries

Cast:  Sudhir Kumar, Akshaya Surwe, Prithvi Shaw, Kunal Nayyar

Director: Sushrut jain

As India, host of the 2011 World Cup of Cricket, begins its campaign to win the Cup after a 28-year drought, three ordinary Indians seek their salvation/escape from a difficult life through their passion for cricket. Sudhir, a penniless super-fan, cycles across India to cheer the team; Prithvi, a 12-year old cricketing prodigy; and Akshaya, a girl from Mumbai’s slums, who aspires to be in the under 19 women’s cricket team for the state.

Sushrut Jain’s feature length documentary dutifully follows each of these characters trying to make sense of their potentially fool-hardy ambitions. Sudhir was never interested in holding on to one job or studying for that matter. His sole interest was cricket and he chooses the route to his Utopia by becoming the No.1 fan of team India. He travels all across India on a cycle following the team and cheering every home match.

The soon to be held world cup is a challenge for him as he has to move from one venue to another within days – for which his cycle was not well suited. Akshaya, is also not much interested in studies. Her ambition is to wear the India colours and become a proud member of the Indian women’s cricket team. But to achieve that goal she will first have to get selected in the under 19 state team.

Her coach is hopeful, Akshaya is striving hard too but an ankle injury might just have put paid to her dreams. The 12 year old Prithvi is driven to spend almost all his waking hours pursuing his pet sport. Cricket occupies almost every minute of his life and his dreams to fit into the Sachin Tendulkar mould could well be lost for want of sponsorship support.

The three stories run side by side, with each narrative hitting life-sized hurdles and then smoothening out into a creditable encashment. The interviews lead to interesting turnarounds, the commentary provides the link-ups to celebrities and their support to the three achievers. It all done in an interesting and heart-warming manner.

The pace and editing might be a little slack but the eventual returns are not. Courage and gumption triumph in the end- that speaks of the filmmakers as well as the subjects central to this true-life story!

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