Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of the trailer of his biographical documentary 'Sachin: A billion dreams' © AFP
Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of the trailer of his biographical documentary ‘Sachin: A billion dreams’ © AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has turned down a request from 200 Not Out, the makers of film “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, seeking a discount for procuring video footage of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting and other significant visuals from the career of the batting great for his upcoming biographical documentary. The BCCI, though, has agreed to provide Tendulkar’s famous 3 minutes and 50 seconds retirement speech at Wankhede Stadium after his final Test free of charge to the production company. The film titled ‘Sachin: A billion dreams’ is slated to be released on May 26 this year.

The BCCI has the copyright on all matches conducted by them and in order to use any footage related to those games for commercial purposes, the concerned people have to buy the rights from the board. Apparently, when MS Dhoni approached the BCCI for footage from their library for his biopic ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ — which was produced by his business partner Arun Pandey — he was told that the filmmakers would have to pay around INR 1 crore. Even former India captain Sourav Ganguly had to pay a good amount to procure some footage from the BCCI, a report from Indian Express confirmed.

The BCCI, in fact, has a rate-card in place for providing videos and it charges on a ‘per seconds basis’. The charges may vary, according to the importance of the matches. “The BCCI has a policy in place. The board didn’t give concession to Dhoni for his biopic then how can board change its rules for Tendulkar’s biopic. After all it’s a commercial movie, which is going to be shown in theatres. Already the trailer that they released has got more than a million hits. The board’s stance was also informed to the Committee of Administrators,” the report quoted a top BCCI official as saying.

Meanwhile, Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer of the film and founder of 200 Not Out, said that the negotiation with the BCCI is still on. He also said that the company has purchased the rights from Cricket South Africa (CSA), Cricket Australia (CA) and the ICC, the report confirmed.