Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh
Director: Reema Kagti
Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
The most anticipated movie which was scheduled to release on the auspicious occasion of independence day is finally out. The response from the viewers is overwhelming. The film basically rides back in the days of freedom struggle where India is yet to get its independence. During the first sequence the film showcases the on-field scenes of 1936 match of Olympics which was between India and Germany in Berlin. The film shows adds the part of Adolf Hitler, being precise while touching the history which is really appreciated. History was sequenced in a really understanding manner. On-field scenes were really catchy and interesting to watch. They resemble to that of previous few movies which were based on hockey. Akshay is playing the role of a bengali person named Tapan Das who is a manager basically. He has a dream of achieving a gold medal for free India or Independent India. As usual Akshay Kumar nails it. He has inherited the bengali accent so perfectly. Mouni Roy has made her debut with such a huge film. She’s playing the character of Akshay’s supportive wife named Monobina Das. She haven’t received a huge screen space in the film. The film promotes the message of unity and spreads the feeling of patriotism. Climax scene will surely give goosebumps to the audience. The film shows the on-field scenes of two different generations, one who played under British India and the other one played under free India. Kunal Kapoor is playing the role of captain named Samrat who plays under British India. He also teaches hockey and brings up a sense of unity in the upcoming generation. His role has been vital throughout the film. The tagline of the film, ‘A dream which United the nation’ has been justified perfectly. In the first half of the film, inner conflicts and fights are showcased. Whereas by the end everyone ends up having one common goal, winning the first ever Olympic gold for Independent India. Amit Sadh is playing the role of Raghubir Pratap Singh, who is the vice caption of Indian Hockey team under independent India. He has an ego problem in the beginning and the greed of being the center forward for the team. His performance was never the less in the whole film. The conflict scenes which were showcased after the partition sequence perfectly describes the struggle India faced during that particular phase. The overall vintage scene of the film is outstanding. Back in 1948, Indian Hockey team isn’t playing the Olympics just to win the first ever gold for Independent India, but to also break the British legacy of slavery for over 200 years. The emotion is undoubtedly pure gold and is portrayed in a fantastic manner. The 1948 tournament against the Britain is similar to that of 1936 tournament against Germany. Both the times India has defeated the hosts in their den. The rage which Indians had against the English men is perfectly shown. All the characters had done a huge job, and everyone has got equal screen space and enough opportunity to explore their characters. The plot of the film is also a metaphor of how it takes years and generations for dreams to come true. The dream which Tapan Das had in the 1936 match has finally fulfilled in 1948 match. Reema Kagti could have directed an intense drama like Chak De! India or an overly patriotic saga invoking tears. She chosed the middle ground and which will surely result in a smart film on-screen. This is again one of the patriotic movie of Akshay which has now become his borderland. He is absolutely royal and flawless in the film. The film is a perfect watch on the auspicious day of Independence day. It’ll surely ignite the feeling of patriotism and will make you feel proud on being an Indian. The movie is going to clash with John Abraham Starrer, Satyameva Jayte which is a massy action film on Independence day. Gold’s plot is interesting and its a perfect film for the audience who wish to see informative drama. Along with sports drama the film also portrays the freedom struggle of India and critical tension pre-independence. Its a must watch film. The songs are undoubtedly fine. Direction is really impressive and will hold u till the end.
Cinespeaks gives 3.5 stars to the film.