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Reema Kagti has Ankur Tewari to thank for helping her conceive Gold

The acclaimed filmmaker was looking to make a sports film when the music composer-writer informed her of the Indian hockey team's win at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Mayur Lookhar

After directing a romantic comedy in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) and a thriller in Talaash (2012), filmmaker Reema Kagti is all set with a sports film Gold.

The film, based on India’s first Olympic gold medal for hockey, won in 1948 in London, has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mouni Roy, Lakshya Kochhar and Vineet Kumar Singh, among others.

While Kagti was looking to make a sports film, she didn’t know what subject should she tap into. Interestingly, it was writer-music composer Ankur Tewari who suggested the idea of Independent India's win at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Kagti gave Tewari the due credit while speaking to the media at Gold's music launch in Mumbai on Friday (6 July).

“I was sitting with Ankur Tewari. I told him about wanting to make a sports film. We were jamming ideas. He then told me about India’s gold medal, after Independence. I then spent a year reading, researching on it,” Kagti said.

Hindi cinema has only once before tapped into its national game. Shimit Amin's Chak De! India (2007), starring Shah Rukh Khan, was based on the victory of Indian women's national field-hockey team at 2002 Commonwealth Games.

However, now there are two hockey-based films set to be released. One is Gold, the other is Shaad Ali's Soorma that will hit the screens on 13 July. The film is based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh.

Further, finding female directors helming a sports project is rare in Hindi cinema too. Sudha Kongara’s Saala Khadoos (2016) is the only example that comes to mind.

Kagti, however, doesn't think it is difficult for female filmmakers to make a sports film. “Technically, there isn’t anything stopping a woman from making a good sports film,” said the Gold director.

When asked about the preparation and the challenges she faced while making Gold, Kagti said, “We did a lot of research, before any of head of departments, came in, I had come out with a look book by myself, as and when each crew members came, they stated researching their department. In terms of challenges we needed old cars from the 1940s."

Gold is scheduled to be released on 15 August.