There’s no more prominent pride in sport than to see your nation’s flag being raised on a global stage. That feeling gets increased, when the setup is at the 1948 Olympics in London, where the Indian hockey group needed to demonstrate that their strength in the game from 1936 to 1948, wasn’t just a play of luck. Also, what makes this sentiment more grounded and the win memorable, is the way that the sport was played only a year after India got its independence. ‘Gold’ showcases the journey of this lively and lesser-known group that upstaged the British at the 1948 Olympics and made a statement against the English oppression of 200 years.
The film sets in 1936, when India had enormous effect in world hockey and won the its third sequential gold at the Berlin Olympics. This group was called British India group and was overseen by the British Raj. One wily and decided Bengali junior supervisor of the British India group, went up against the brassy errand to shape another group with the expectation of complimentary India to partake at the 1948 Olympics in London. His dream was to see the Indian flag hosting high on British soil, which would be a moment of pride for each Indian.
Reema Kagti recounts a quick and engaging story and take us back to that crossroads ever, which isn’t frequently talked about or celebrated. Exhibitions by the whole gathering cast are fabulous. Akshay as the dhoti clad manager (regularly alluded to as Bangali), acquires a lot of physical and additionally choke driven cleverness to his execution, but at the same time he’s ready to switch gears in emotional scenes effortlessly. Kunal Kapoor holds himself as a senior player and later on a mentor of the Indian group in a limited yet strong execution. Vineet Kumar Singh conveys a knockout role and Amit Sadh very incredibly plays the role Vice Captain of the group with sheer confidence. Apart from this, Mouni Roy, as the feisty Bengali spouse, handles her concise part easily.
‘Gold’ isn’t only a film on hockey, it’s additionally a period film that showed what was left behind in history. But yes, the hockey matches come up with all these twists and turns while making the audience wind up sitting at the edge of your seat and cheering for team India. The first half is slow paced and the film takes a long time to build up the characters and set up the plot.
This one is definitely extremely worth your time and money – A must watch!
Gold: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sunny Kaushal, Jatin Sarna, Nikita Dutta, Bhawsheel Singh Sahni
Rating: Very Good