Cast: Akshay Kumar, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sunny Kaushal, Kunal Kapoor, Mouni Roy
Director: Reema Kagti
Set in the pre-independence era, Gold follows the story of Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) who lives and breathes hockey. A manager in the Indian-British hockey team, Tapan is passionate about the sport. Playing under the suppressed British rule, the team has only one dream – to play the sport for a free and independent India.
But things take a drastic turn when Partition divides the subcontinent and rips apart the new Indian hockey team. With more than half the team migrating to Pakistan and some to Australia, Tapan has to start all over. Gold sees Tapan fighting for his team through his personal and professional struggles.
A Lot of the Old in Gold
Director Reema Kagti cashes in on the tried-and-tested formula of pairing sports with chest-thumping jingoism. The film has all the prerequisites of a typical Indian sports film – an overly enthusiastic coach/manager that pulls the entire team together, bickering team members who later unite for the greater good, a romantic angle that has no connection to the actual story, a jealous colleague who tries to sabotage the main lead, a situation where the team rise like underdogs to beat their opponents and, of course, the pride of seeing the Indian national flag unfurl in a foreign land while the national anthem reverberates through the stadium.
Why We Aren’t So Sold on Gold
With a run time of over 2 hours and 30 minutes, Gold is a tedious watch! And when there are a dozen other sub-plots deviating from the larger picture at hand, it becomes boring. There are some goosebumps moments , but for the most part you’re only trying to assimilate the overload.
Tapan Das and his wife Monobina (Mouni Roy) are overly stereotyped. The constant use of Bengali words and phrases annoys you.
There are several unnecessary song and dance sequences that bore you to death.
Akshay Kumar tries hard to play the flamboyant and eccentric Bengali babu. His oddities take up so much screen time that it steals the overall thunder. If his past few films are any indication, this comes as no surprise.
Sunny Kaushal makes a smashing debut and is definitely a bundle of talent to watch out for. Amit Sadh plays the suave yet egoistic royal to the T. But I felt like certain scenes were forced into the film to give his character positive attributes.
Kunal Kapoor wonderfully essays his part as the Indian hockey captain who later turns coach. Vineet Kumar Singh also gives a memorable performance.
Mouni Roy’s overly dramatic Bengali accent and mannerisms don’t work.
Supriya Says: Gold is like Chak De! India, Lagaan and Dangal all rolled into one. But, as they say, all that glitters is not gold. If you get a kick out of patriotic sports films that end in a nail-biting final match, you may just like Gold.
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