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Gold trailer: Tale of free India's first hockey gold amidst passion, patriotism and Partition


Reema Kagti's film seeks to capture the endeavours of Tapan Das, the young manager of the first hockey team from independent India which won the gold at the 1948 London Olympics. 

Shriram Iyengar

Akshay Kumar has almost become synonymous with patriotic themes in Hindi cinema over the past few years with films like Airlift (2016), Rustom (2016), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Pad Man (2018).

The star appears to have taken up the Independence Day and Republic Day weekends, leaving his colleagues and rivals to share religious festivals through the year.

This August, the new-age Manoj Kumar will appear on screen in Reema Kagti's Gold. The trailer captures the elements of sports, patriotism, and Partition that underline this film.

The trailer begins with Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) looking forlornly at the flag of British India being unfurled at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It sets the tone for his dream of unfurling the Indian national flag at the Olympics.

As Independence approaches, Das sets out to bring the team together. His wife, played by television star Mouni Roy, dismisses it as a pipedream. But nothing can dissuade Das. Except Partition, which divides the all-conquering team down the middle.

The trailer is linear in its narrative and develops well with high points at the right moments. While Akshay Kumar leads the cast, it has a decent supporting cast which includes Sunny Kaushal, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh and Amit Sadh. Kapoor plays the cynical captain who is losing interest while Sadh is the ambitious centre forward.

Akshay Kumar does his bit to play the authentic Bengali, complete with the heavily accented Hindi. Kagti's film is a fictional drama woven around the real-life success story of India's hockey team at London 1948.

Gold is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment and is set to be released on 15 August. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think of the film's box-office prospects.

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