Just a bit of trivia before the review. At the Olympics, Independent India(a country of 130 crore) has won a total of just 28 medals which includes only 6 Gold medals. A staggering stat this! We are a cricket frenzy nation and we all know that 1983 was a landmark year with India lifting the first world cup in England. But only a few of us know the story of India winning its first Olympic Gold in 1948 when India beat Great Britain in hockey in their own den in London. ‘Gold’, which released on this Independence Day, tells us the story of the victorious team of 1948. Does it strike Gold ….or is it just plated gold…lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Gold follows the story of India’s then Hockey Manager who dreams of India beating England and thereby ending the 200 year old slavery. What better than the London Olympics of 1948. But is the journey without any obstacles? The story oozes with inspiration. The screenplay is almost consistent throughout culminating into the climax for the ages. Goosebumps Guaranteed! The high that I got was the best in recent times to be honest. The background music helps to heighten the drama. But there are a few flaws too – the music is average and the CGI is embarassing(. Dialogues are good but could have been better. Reema Kagti who last directed the Aamir Khan starrer Talaash, has done a noteworthy job and handles the subject well.
Mouni Roy is impressive on her silver screen debut. Vineet Kumar Singh is subtle as the hockey player who has to leave his country during the partition. Amit Sadh essays his role with a certain amount of panache. Kunal Kapoor is efficient. Akshay Kumar is decent as the hockey team manager. But my pick is Sunny Kaushal(brother of Vicky Kaushal) as Himmat Singh who is a natural. It was a pleasure watching him act!
The writers seem to have packed in alot of stuff and hence at times Gold overstays its welcome at almost 2 and a half hours. But despite its flaws, Gold shines throughout and the hair raising climax deserves an extra half a star. The National Anthem at the end leaves you shivering with goosebumps.
PS : India cheering on Pakistan and Pakistan cheering for India was a refreshing sight in yhe movie!!