Banner: Excel Entertainment
Director: Reema Kagti
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sunny Kaushal
Music Director: Sachin–Jigar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi
Duration: 153 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★★☆☆
Inspired by actual events that took place right before and after India achieved freedom in 1947, Gold tells an inspiring tale of a Bengali man Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) who wants his newly liberated country to win its first Olympic gold medal in hockey as a free nation. It’s a long-cherished dream for him and to fulfill the same, he starts preparations even before India’s independence is officially announced.
He puts together a fantastic team of hockey players from across India, but little did he knows that the country is on the verge of partition and so is the team he has hand-picked. However, undeterred by an avalanche of obstacles coming his way, Das puts together yet another team of young players, grooms them and begins an eventful journey that ends with an Olympic gold in hand at the soil of the country that ruled India for over 200 years. Are you wondering if the movie is worth a watch? This Gold review answers the same!
Gold is a film that swells your heart with pride no matter what. It’s filled with moments that you enjoy while the movie unfolds on celluloid. There are emotions, camaraderie, romance, and a whole lot of challenges to test the resoluteness of Tapan, the joint manager of the National Hockey Federation.
It brings the audience back to the era of the ‘40s with its authentic setup, costumes, and perfect cinematography. Having said that, Gold is manipulative and invokes every known sports movie cliché we have seen over the years. However, solid performances by almost all cast members help it transcend its clichés.
Akshay Kumar delivers an award-winning performance as Tapan Das. You can clearly see the sincerity and earnestness of his character, who has certain aspirations, in his eyes. It’s his sterling performance that shrouds the clichéd feel of Gold to a great extent. Popular television actress Mouni Roy, who makes her big screen debut with the film, looks ethereal and graceful. She does her job well, too. But as expected, she does not get a métier part to play. Somehow her character does not go beyond being the wife of Tapan Das.
Her diehard fans may feel disheartened to see her talent go waste. Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh, and Sunny Kaushal are simply brilliant. Their effective and energetic performances add a lot to the movie.
Dialogues by Javed Akhtar are good, but the same cannot be said about Rajesh Devraj’s screenplay. It’s just plain! The first half is taut, while the second one drags at certain points. Songs are good, but their insertion in the narrative does not do justice every time.
The way competition sequences, however, will keep you hooked to the screen. As the captain of the ship, Reema Kagti succeeds in making a film which is entertaining, but it falls short of what could have been a truly riveting experience simply because she did not have an amazing story in her hand.
With a runtime of 151 minutes, the film is a bit overlong, but then the majority of sports dramas are. Cinephiles who are used to watching such films as Lagaan (2001), Chak De! India (2007), and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) will find no issue with its length, but the ones, especially the youngsters, who are not accustomed to watching long movies may complain about its duration.
Even if you are not an ardent fan of sports films, you can watch Gold for terrific performances, brilliantly choreographed game sequences, and great direction by Reema Kagti. These aspects are so strong and overwhelming that the absence of innovation in storyline and execution can easily be forgotten.
Now that you know about the Gold review, here’s the trailer: