Walking the red carpet at a Hollywood premiere is the stuff of dreams, and one that came true for me just a few days ago at The El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. I was invited as a representative of Babble.com to come and share in this experience with a group of fellow bloggers from all over the country. It was simply surreal to have the flash of dozens of reporters and the lights of the camera crews shine in our direction as we passed by the stars of the movie who graciously talked to the press. As we were walking down the wide aisle JB Bernstein, the real life person portrayed in the movie, came up to us and took a selfie with our group! He took time away from the press and the limelight to make all of us feel special which only made the night even more incredible. The actors who portrayed Rinku and Dinesh in the film, Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal, waved to us and said “hi” away from the cameras as we passed by. We were treated like royalty by everyone involved. From the baseball-themed donuts to the delicious made-to-order Pink’s Hot Dogs, the food was fun and delicious. It was weird standing in line for a hot dog with a star of the caliber of Adam Arkin standing in line with me. Sitting down in our seats, we were right in front of Pitobash who played the charming and funny Amit in the movie. The whole experience was like a dream come true.
It seemed somehow fitting since this film is about the same thing. Million Dollar Arm is an incredible movie about hope, love, and dreams. In it, we follow the life of JB Bernstein, an agent trying to make it on his own and having an incredibly difficult time. He comes up with an idea to break open the market in India for baseball by hosting a reality contest called Million Dollar Arm where the winner has a chance to win a million dollars and the top two would come to America for an opportunity to sign with a major league baseball team. He discovers two talented boys, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, neither of whom have ever picked up a baseball. But the prospect of winning this kind of money could change not only their lives but the lives of their families forever. Competing against 38,000 other contenders, the boys come out on top and head to America for a chance to chase their dream. For many of us who grew up with baseball, our dream would be to play in the major leagues, but for Rinku and Dinesh, their dreams are different. They dream of being successful not for themselves but for their families and for all children in India who hope to one day achieve their goals. It is a heartwarming story that will be sure to inspire everyone who sees it.
A special screening of the film is happening this Saturday (5/10) in select theaters around the country if you can’t wait for its wide release on May 16th. Make sure to bring your entire family along because this is a film everyone can enjoy, men and women, boys and girls, young and old, baseball fan or not. Anyone who hopes their dreams will come true will be uplifted by this movie.