After delivering extraordinary performances in social drama movies as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Pad Man (2018), superstar Akshay Kumar is soon to be seen in the upcoming sports drama Gold. In the Reema Kagti directorial, the National Film Award-winning actor plays the real-life inspired character of Tapan Das, the Bengali man who put together the first hockey team of independent India and helped it win its first Gold medal at Olympic.
Though the film takes its source material from some real-life incidents, it is not entirely biographical in nature. In his recent interview with us, Akshay Kumar reveals that the makers have very sensitively added many new things to make it look more commercial.
Talking about the film in detail, Akshay Kumar says that he has an important message which he wants to convey through the movie.
“It’s a sports drama, based on true incidents. It takes place in 1948, one year after we got Independence. Though it is a sports film about hockey, it does not talk only about hockey. Through this film, what I want to say is that every guy and every female in our country should adapt to one sport at least. It does not matter what sports it is.”
Giving an example of Croatia, one of the least populated countries in the world, which reached to the finals of FIFA World Cup 2018, Kumar tries to drive home the point that it could win such glory because it’s compulsory for every Croatian to play at least one sport.
“For example, you must be knowing this little country called Croatia. Do you know how big it is? Maybe from Churchgate to Borivali or a little farther. Do you know what is compulsory in their country? Every boy, girl, old or young, everyone is supposed to play a sport. And just for that habit, we all know it reached to the finals of FIFA World Cup. Right? Just for that habit. Nobody is allowed to be indoor there; you are supposed to play at least one sport. Everybody is asked to do so. Someone is playing tennis, others are playing some other sport.”
The Rustom (2016) actor goes on to add that India’s health report is not good and we need to do something to improve it.
“India’s health report is not good. We need to do something (to improve it). We need to adapt to some kind of sport. I urge everyone to adopt a sport. Take up a sport in your life. Even if you want to play marbles, just go and play. Play tennis or something else.”
On being asked that what he thinks were the reasons that the story of Tapan Das could never catch anybody’s attention for so many years, Akshay Kumar says:
“It was a story never heard of before. It talks about our first Olympic gold medal win. The inspirational story could never come to the forefront as we had just come out of the British rule. There were various others issues to deal with during those tough times and hence this story remained under the wraps. No one knew about this story, so when I heard it, I was like, ‘Let’s do it’. I feel very lucky that I got a film like this and I am a part of it.”
When Akshay Kumar was asked if there is any sportsperson whose story touched his heart deeply, he said:
For the uninitiated, Hima Das is an 18-year-old girl from the Indian state of Assam, who made the whole nation proud by clenching a Gold medal in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championships in 2018.
Helmed by Reema Kagti and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for Excel Entertainment, Gold is scheduled to release on 15th August, 2018. Besides Akshay Kumar, it also stars Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor.