Akshay Kumar starrer Gold is Reema Kagti’s third film as a director, and it does not look like a movie that came from someone whose filmography includes Talaash and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. Gold is your generic Bollywood sports drama, with only a few things working in its favour. There are two things that stand out in this typical masala affair – the supporting cast and the exquisite cinematography by Álvaro Gutiérrez.
Gold’s primary plot is inspired by true events, the sequences that played themselves out prior to the 1948 Olympics where India won its first gold medal as a free country under the leadership of then-captain Balbir Singh. Akshay plays the hockey team’s manager Tapan Das, a Bengali man who only seems to care about three things – hockey, his wife Monobina Das (played by television sensation Mouni Roy) and alcohol. The film traces Tapan’s dream of winning a gold for free India and traces the journey of the team and one man’s passion for the game from the year 1936 to 1948 when the country finally won a gold in the finals against Britain.
There is not much in the way of a narrative here; Gold has been told in the vein of Farhan Akhtar’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. It’s a lovechild of a commercial film and a typical Bollywood sports drama. And the film would have been a complete drag had it not been for its supporting cast. Amit Sadh as Kunwar Raghubir Pratap Singh and Sunny Kaushal as Himmat Singh deliver the goods. Amit charms as the royal who is not used to letting go of the wheels. His body language, the way he speaks, every little thing ties in neatly with his character.
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