- Erin Fitzgerald
Satnam Singh, and Father, Reflect Back on His Journey at “One in a Billion” Screening in India
“One in a Billion”, the documentary starring professional basketball player Satnam Singh, made its worldwide debut on Netflix last month, and in India, Singh’s home country, at a screening on Sunday. The documentary, directed by Roman Gackowski, chronicles Singh’s journey from India to IMG Academy, and eventually on to being drafted in the NBA, making him the first Indian-born player to do so.
There has been endless positive feedback on the film from Singh’s teammates, friends and fans on social media, and this weekend, screening-goers heard from Singh himself, on why this documentary is so important to him. He stated, on a pre-screening conference call, “…it traces my journey in real and the struggles and time I spent in India as well as the USA. When I landed in the USA, I could not speak even one sentence in English. From my IMG Academy days to the NBA Draft, it shows what really happened during that time”.
Singh’s father, Balbir Singh Bhamara, is also featured in the documentary, as he played a huge role in Singh’s journey to the NBA. Singh describes his father and the support he has given him along the way, saying, “My father tells me that he is living his life as a youngster again through my life. The conditions and opportunities are different in my life and if he could have got the same opportunities, who knows he could also have been a good basketball player. He would always tell me that basketball will make me big some day and I should not waste time on other things. And for that, he gave me all the support. Whatever little finances he had, he spent on my dream and that’s why I am here today”.
Singh’s father attended Sunday’s screening in Chandigarh, India in-person to share his memories of his son’s journey, and the sacrifices their family made along the way. Since Singh’s father stayed in India through these years and was not able to experience his son’s accomplishments first-hand, the documentary served a very special purpose in helping him to relive them in a different light. Singh’s father told the screening audience, “Satnam would always tell us about his days in the USA and we would hear the stories. And seeing this documentary made us realize what went on in his sporting career. I remember when coach Rajinder Ji came to our home in 2005, we got Satnam enrolled at Ludhiana. I would travel daily to spend time with him and give him home cooked food. When he was selected into the IMG Academy program and got his first size 18 sports shoe, it was perhaps the best moment in his career. We did not see his draft live, but when we saw it in the documentary, it was like reliving that moment once again”.
To learn more about Satnam Singh’s inspirational story, watch “One in a Billion”, only on Netflix.
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Quotes provided by the Indian Express. Read the full article HERE.