Director: Reema Kagti
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Singh, Amit Sadh, Sunny Kaushal and Mouni Roy
Screenplay: Reema Kagti
Story: Reema Kagti, Rajesh Devraj
Dialogue: Javed Akhtar
Excel Entertainment’s GOLD is based on true events, the film talks about Indian Hockey Team’s Gold medal victory in the 1948 Olympics, just a year after India’s Independence. The film starts off with 1936 Olympics where the British India team wins a Gold medal; it is there where a junior manger of the team Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) along with the then captain of the team Samrat (Kunal Kapoor) dream to win Gold of free India one day. A decade goes by due to World War 2 the 1940 and 1944 Olympics gets cancelled, Samrat the captain of the team is now retired and after the end of World War 2, the Olympics of 1948 will be held in England and Tapan Das wants free India’s Hockey team to defeat them at their own turf so that India can take revenge of the 200 years of British Rule over India. So, soon Tapan Das starts searching young talent and enters two young and promising talents Raghubir Pratap Singh (Amit Sadh) a royal prince and Himmat Singh (Sunny Kaushal) a villager who loves Hockey and also fights for India’s independence at the same time. Imtiaz Shah who was an important part of the 1936 Indian Hockey team which won a Gold Medal, now becomes the mentor and captain of the free Indian Hockey Team. All of this is done by Tapan Das alone but due to the partition the team breaks and Indian team is now without a captain and few key players, how does Tapan Das form a new team take them to 1948 Olympics and win a Gold medal for free India is what the film is all about. Certain parts of the film are amazing, especially the last half an hour which gives Goosebumps and makes you feel very patriotic. But certain things in the film are the same which one has seen in the previous Hockey film CHAKDE INDIA released in 2007, certain similarities like no bond in the team, the division of the people from different states, no togetherness, fight between the two forwards and few other things.
Technically the film is very good, productions are values are brilliant, cinematography by Álvaro Gutiérrez is incredible, he is magnificent. Editing by Anand Subaya is nice. Art direction by Sue Reeve and Richard Vigulam is very good; you feel you are in the 1940’s. Writing is good but the struggles faced by Tapan Das are not shown much.
Performances wise Akshay Kumar is very good; he sinks his teeth into the character and delivers a resounding performance. Vineet Singh and Sunny Kaushal are amazing; their facial expressions say a lot even without dialogues. Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mouni Roy, who makes her debut, fit their role very well.
Director Reema Kagti does a good job but could have been so much better as the story had so much in it to say, she struggles to give her voice to GOLD, largely due to its writing. But her supporting cast stands out and she is able to give engage the audience thought the film, especially the last half an hour is very well directed.
At the box-office
The film has taken a bumper start and could eventually get a very good number eventually as well!