Gold is the story of a Bengali drunkard and patriot Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) who dreams of winning the Olympic Gold medal for an independent India and seek revenge against the British Raj through the tool of non-violence and with the help of hockey sticks instead.
Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar), coach to the British Indian Hockey team, is frustrated because of the term ‘British’ affixed with the name of the team. Under his guidance the team wins gold but he wants the team to be free of British rule & they should stand up to the Indian national anthem when the play ends. Because of his alcoholism, he gets fired from the team and as a result he gets involved in outlawed businesses like betting.
But, with the announcement of India getting its Independence and Olympics finally happening in London, a new hope arises for Tapan Das. He goes all out to form a team that will bring the Gold for independent India. But, the news of partition divides the team and the dream that Tapan Das saw. Rest of the story is all about how Tapan manages chase something that’s impossible to achieve but not for someone as patriotic as him.
Director Reema deserves all the credit for this knockout film that never feels too cliche and makes you root for the team to win, in spite, of you knowing the end result thanks to our history books. She has perfectly balanced the emotions and the hockey scenes, as she gives you the best of both worlds. Akshay sheds his macho superstar ‘can do’ anything persona to play a troubled manager whose dream is bigger than his own life. His performance does not feel forced and his strength as an actor lies in the subtlety of playing such a strong supporting character while letting the hockey team players shine in the spotlight. Mouni makes her big Bollywood debut with Gold and shines as the firecracking no-nonsense wife of Tapan.
All said and done, Gold isn’t Gold because of one person. As shown in the film, it’s a team work & hence it’s victorious.
Director: Reema Kagti
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy,Amit Sadh and others
Movie rating: 3.5/5