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Gold Trailer : Akshay Kumar's Next Invokes Patriotism Through Hockey Drama

Written By Athulya Nambiar | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar who has of recent taken up films with social cause has now come with his next patriotic film, ‘Gold’- a patriotic hockey-drama.
  • The movie begins in 1936 and follows a 12-year journey of fulfilling a dream to play hockey in a free India.

Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar who has of recent, taken up films with a social cause has now come with his next patriotic film, ‘Gold’- a patriotic hockey-drama.

The trailer, which was released on Monday begins with a voiceover ‘Gold, British India’ with a gloomy Akshay Kumar staring right at the rising British flag . The actor plays a dhoti-clad Bengali coach ‘Tapan Das’ of the British India Hockey team. The movie begins in 1936 and follows a 12-year journey of fulfilling a dream to play hockey in a free India.

Tapan Das is seen fighting all odds to make a team that is as patriotic as him, that can play for a free India. He gathers hockey players from across British India.

After he goes through the tiring team making process and India achieves independence, Tapan Das said ‘Ab India free toh hogaya , lekin team hi nahi bacha’ (The nation is free, but the team is no more). He said this in reference to the India-Pakistan partition which creates a divide among the players them self, making it impossible for them to play for one nation.

The trailer has a lot of overbearing love for the country in the form of Akshay Kumar’s well-written monologue, delivered in the coarse impactful voice of the actor. However, Kumar’s Bengali accent does not seem convincing enough but is passable for a Bollywood film that focuses more on the sentiments of the game and the nation. 

The trailer also introduces the brilliant supporting cast in the form of Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sunny Kaushal who play hockey players , while Mouni Roy plays the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife, marking her Bollywood debut.

While under the rule of British, India had won three gold medals, but the credit was not given to India. The film traces this journey of India winning its first Olympic gold medal as a free nation.    The movie is inspired by real-life events from the period 1936 to 1948 and is not based on any character.

The film is helmed and written by Reema Kagti and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar and is slated to release on August 15. 

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