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Playing the “independence + partition” card with all its strength but ineffectively, there isn’t anything else too novel about the film.

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Director: Reema Kagti
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Patriotism, Sports
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A movie about the country’s honour and pride that releases on the country’s independence day – we already know what the makers are going for. They want to take advantage of nationalism that runs high during this time. Would that mean they believe a little less in their content? Let’s hope not.

The trailer makes Gold out to be rather repetitive – it’s genre, it’s story, the treatment, the melodrama, the protagonist’s performance – all seem like they have been seen and experienced. The only lure seems to be the story behind the event, and that I hope will be good enough. The other thing one can look forward to of course, is that it is a Reema Kagti film.

Gold releases on 15 August, 2018.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Times of India - "If you like to listen to vibrant songs with interesting musical arrangements, then this album is a must-pick."

- meeta, a part of the audience

As a film about a team getting together to prepare for an Olympic event, Gold is not at all different from the other films in the genre. You have the pain-in-the-wrong-place bureaucrat, you have two good players who don’t get along with each other. The slight change here is you have a driven team manager instead of a coach. Nope, Gold isn’t really inspiring.

This one change in backdrop that could have set the film apart feels more like an external layer rather than intrinsic to the plot.

Even so, I liked it better than I thought I would. The film manages to engage you with the performances. If only there is a sore thumb sticking out in an otherwise restrained and well-performed cast, it is Akshay Kumar. And even so, he is not his usual self and hence is relatively less jarring. Other than that, there are only a couple of other characters you know a little about and they become obviously predictable too because the little you know is harped upon through the film. There is no real anchor to get the audience invested in the characters. The protagonist is either drunk or passionate about hockey and is very difficult to relate to or even find interesting.

The situations in the story, down to the details, are also as predictable as any other sports film - the opposition is hardly every given penalties, the crowds cheer against the team they are supporting, and so on. Yes, you have the climax “inspirational” speech too, only that it is even worse than the protagonist getting all jingoistic, it is a voiceover!

The only thing that sets Gold apart from other sports films is that it is set around the times when the country was going to become independent of British Rule and was partitioned into two. This setting brought in some complications which could have added a little zing and unpredictability to the story but instead, they are dusted off rather clinically. And we move on. This one change in backdrop that could have set the film apart feels more like an external layer rather than intrinsic to the plot.

But, we knew what was coming. In that sense, Gold fulfills all expectations.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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Want to Watch, by Anuj

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Kanishka chaudhry : Uses a fake name of Samrat for our glorious Major Dhyan Chand.its just another money making movie

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Players hitting each other on the hockey ground
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One making out scene in passing
  • Concept: A hockey team manager gets a team together for the Olympics around the time India got independence and partition had played havoc
  • General Look and Feel: A rustic look to create a period film environment.

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Running time:
150 minutes

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Kanishka chaudhry

How can they rename the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, captain of the Team by Samrat? Who is this Samrat? Does he resonate with the iconic Dhyan Chand and his patriotism? They have unashamadely used numerous instances like the mention of Beighton Cup final between Calcutta Customs and Jhansi Heroes when asked about the best game played. Then why not correctly name the legend. Why would they want the current and future generation to think that it was someone called Samrat and not Major Dhyan Chand who led us into those victories ?? This is not at all a fitting tribute to those heroes.


So a guy whose done Baby, Airlift, Toilet, Jolly Llb2 & Padman in the last 3 years is jarring. Interesting!

@Anuj The films might or might not be good, the performance is largely jarring.


@Meeta : Can't think of an actor who can do films like Jolly, Toilet, Padman and even Airlift as well as he did. That's just your personal bias that speaks!


@Meeta : Your words on Akshay for Jolly and Airlift :

"Akshay Kumar (Jolly) on the other hand merges with the background – in a good way. Even if I discount my bias towards “stars” who tone their stardom down, Akshay Kumar makes you believe equally his helplessness and his over-confidence despite some very filmy lines."

"Akshay Kumar is always a pleasure to watch when he is in non-hero mode. Even here, when he gets into a fist-fight, he is a common man reacting to something that got to him."

~you basically contradict yourself when you call him "mostly jarring" or over the top.

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