Release Date: August 15, 2018
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Abdul Quadir Amin, Mouni Roy, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Andrew Havill, Anthony Ilott
Director: Reema Kagti
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Duration: 2 hours 33 minutes
An Olympic Gold medal is a significant achievement for every country. Gold is inspired by India’s first gold medal win at the 1948 Olympics. The sport was field hockey and it was the first Olympic Gold that India had won as an independent country. India had won Olympic gold earlier also in field hockey in 1928, 1932, and 1936, but the team at that time played under the banner of British India. In 1948, India was an independent country and it won the Olympic medal in field hockey as an independent nation. The movie is a fictional account based on true events and people that were part of the historic Olympic Gold medal win by India.
The movie follows the life of Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar), who has been tasked with the responsibility of working as the team manager of Indian hockey team. It’s not an easy job, as Tapan has to find the best players who can win the Olympic gold for the country. There’s also the challenge to defeat the British team, who had largely assumed that India was not capable of winning an Olympic Gold on its own. Tapan shared the dream to hoist the Indian flag on British soil, and the 1948 Olympics in London provided the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal.
The story is evident, as Indian hockey team defeats the British team in the finals to win the Olympic gold in 1948. However, this does not make the movie uninteresting. The insights and fictional additions to the movie are simply superb and they make for a riveting story. Performance wise, this is a significant makeover for Akshay Kumar, who has junked his usual glamorous appearances and adopted the grit and determination of a team manager who wears dhoti. Other actors including Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh and Amit Sadh have also delivered good performances. Credit also goes to Director Reema Kagti, who has helped us catch a glimpse of a momentous occasion in the history of Indian sports.
If you love sports, you would certainly want to watch Gold. You will get to know about all the trials and tribulations and all the excitement and joy that’s involved in winning an Olympic gold medal.