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Old August 27th, 2018, 10:14 PM
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Ashdoc's movie review---Gold

Akshay Kumar has become a master of tuning up the patriotic instincts of the audience . I remember watching the movie 'kabhi khushi kabhi gam' in 2001 in a theatre in Mumbai . In the movie Shah Rukh Khan's and Kajol's son is shown singing India's national anthem 'jana gana mana' in London . But no one in the audience stood up . Today before watching the movie ' Gold' the audience had already stood up for the national anthem once , because the national anthem is compulsorily played in theatres nowadays before the movie starts at least in my part of India . Yet as India is shown winning the gold medal in field hockey in the 1948 London Olympics and the national anthem of India is shown being played in the stadium , the whole audience spontaneously stood up a second time . The India of 2018 is different from the India of 2001....or maybe an Akshay Kumar movie evokes a different feeling from a Karan Johar movie....

Yeah , the movie is about newly independent India's first gold medal in Olympics , in the game of field hockey . Akshay Kumar plays Tapan Das , a Bengali who forgets his drinks only when the game of hockey is mentioned . He has seen the indian team win under British tutelage in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 to the chagrin of Hitler ( no less ) , and dreams of an independent India winning the gold again . But as India becomes independent , it is partitioned and many players either go to Pakistan or settle abroad . The team the Tapan has painstakingly built from scratch is dissolved in the flames of post partition riots when the team's prospective captain has to flee to Pakistan . Tapan returns to his drinks .

It is Samrat ( Kunal Kapoor ) the captain of the 1936 Olympics team who wakes Tapan from his drunken slumber by a promise to coach the team himself , something that he had rejected earlier . But Tapan also has to convince the financer ( Mr Wadia ) of the Hockey team to release the funds from his kitty for preparation of the team , against the advice of Mr Wadia's aide who is constantly at loggerheads with Tapan .

And Tapan and Samrat also have to weld the players and their differing personalities into a team and a winning combination . While one player ( acted by Amit Sadh ) who is son of a rich landlord does not brook any interference in his game and tries to reach the goal himself without teamwork , his counterpart is a sikh called Himmat Singh who has streak of anger within himself . When Tapan tries to keep Himmat away from matches to use as a trump card in the later stages of the tournament , Himmat's anger explodes in a fight that threatens to derail the indian team effort .

The British are shown to be the main rivals for winning the gold medal as the finals are played against them , while the Indians and Pakistanis cheer each other on in typical Bollywood style which seems far from reality . But the film does entertain inspite of this .

Akshay Kumar overacts in my opinion , but his wife is good . She is played by Mouni Roy wearing backless blouses and midriff showing saris . Photography and colours are okay . But the songs are loud and with Akshay Kumar dancing in a garish manner . Background music is decent however , and as I already said the film climaxes with 'jana gana mana' . Enough to give a patriot sheer goosebumps .

Verdict---Good .

Three and a half stars out of five .
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Old August 27th, 2018, 10:18 PM
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I had written this review after I just had come out of the theatre and was under the national anthem effect . Patriotism was surging through me .

But now my opinion is that the movie is okay , nothing great . I would give it two and a half stars out of five now . Whole movie is predictable and it seems Akshay Kumar is taking advantage of patriotic emotions of indians .
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Half the movies on patriotic themes are usually crap.
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Half the movies on patriotic themes are usually crap.
They go overboard, right?
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They go overboard, right?
After seeing movies made by Ashutosh Gowarikar, I gave it a shot to his last debacle - Khelenge Jee Jaan Se or some such name.. It was about the Champaran uprising. I stopped it after first 10 minutes..

All these patriotic movies go really overboard. In Manoj Kumar's time, films like Kranti were acceptable even when they were overboard. Things have changed, we have moved on culturally, our acceptance of melodrama has changed..
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I saw another english movie called Gold on the weekend, starring Matthew mcconaughey... about a gelogist who fakes results of prospecting in Indonesia, gets a lot of investment and then does a runner.


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I saw another english movie called Gold on the weekend, starring Matthew mcconaughey... about a gelogist who fakes results of prospecting in Indonesia, gets a lot of investment and then does a runner.


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You should see the old Hollywood movie called GOLD. It had Roger Moore starring in it. That was the 'inspiration' for our desi version called Kala Patthar starring Amitabh.
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ah, will find it.
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