Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review 2018: A Salute To India’s Golden Moments

CRITIC'S RATING    4.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    4.5/5
Movie Name
Gold
DIRECTION
Reema Kagti
GENRE
Drama, History, Sport
DURATION
02 hours 33 minutes

Gold Review

After the film, someone asked me, was it like Chak De!? It had two obvious similarities. The battle is on the hockey field but, like the coach in ChakDe!, team manager Tapan Das's toughest job is to make parochial, regional forces put away their differences to play unitedly for the Indian flag.

I would add one more similarity. Shimit Amin made a fine film with Chak De! So does director Reema Kagti who mines a variety of emotions, topped with fervour for our flag.

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics under Hitler's watch, Team Manager Tapan Das' dressing room motivation for the players was simple. We're playing for British India today. One day, we'll play for independent India. We'll win a gold for India and our anthem will be played. It's a feeling that unites players from different regions and religions.

Reema builds on the World War and the fight for Independence in India for an authentic backdrop. And she's unafraid to present a flawed hero. Tapan is a weak man. While the Olympics keep getting postponed due to the war,Tapan keeps hitting the bottle and generally disgracing himself. It's only when the 1948 Olympics in London is announced that he comes alive again.

It is heart-breaking when a list of fantastic players he puts together is again broken up, this time by the Partition with many going over to the new mulk and playing for a different team.

In independent India, Tapan has a battle with the bottle again. Additionally, he has to inculcate a team spirit in the players and the management that's consumed by regionalism, royalty, ego and politics. Winning that gold for India becomes that much more ambitious and difficult.

Reema pulls it off with sophistication along with Akshay Kumar who's in great form as Tapan, the Bengali in a dhoti. Vineet Kumar as Imtiaz who goes to Pakistan, Kunal Kapoor as captain-turned-coach Samrat, Amit Sadh as Raghubir Prasad Singh, royalty used to playing only for himself, and Sunny Kaushal as Himmat Singh hold the fort.

There's some good music too with Sachin-Jigar's soulful Nainon ne bandhi and TanishkBagchi's spirited Monobina . But there's a Chadhgayihai where the Bengali Babu suddenly seems more like a Punjabi.

The England vs India final is more like India's revenge for 200 years of slavery under the British Raj. So when the National Anthem is played triumphantly at the Olympics, you spontaneously stand up with pride and with a lump in the throat. That's Reema's biggest achievement.


Analysis

    Direction
    4/5
  • Dialogues
    3.5/5
  • Story
    4/5
  • Music
    3/5
  • Screen Play
    4/5

The Verdict

For a film that should strike gold at the box-office, Gold gets a 4* rating.


 

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