India’s victory lap at the Olympics boasts of 28 medals in its kitty, and the visionaries in Bollywood are all set to take us 70 years back, to witness the first gold medal, which marked us for greatness.
Gold, the sports biography christened by producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani along with director Reema Kagti, recounts the story of India’s first gold medal post-Independence at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Akhtar took to the social networking site Twitter to share the release of the first poster of the movie:
Set in 1948 with India still reeling under the loss of the aftermath of independence, the fictional account showcases the historic victory of the field hockey team, helping them clinch their first gold medal. Akshay Kumar stars as Balbir Singh who scores two goals in the final match against Britain. The poster brims with immense pride and resolve, as Kumar holds the Indian flag close to his heart and leads the talented team to victory.
Ritesh Sidhwani in an interview clarified the nature of the movie, stating, “It is not a biopic. It is a completely fictional story but it is set against a real backdrop between 1933-48 India about what the country was, the sports... About hockey. It is not based on any character.”
Akhtar’s cinematic excellence in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag along with Kumar’s previous stint in Airlift are still fresh in memory and add to the nationalistic fervour encasing the movie. Scheduled for an Independence Day release, the movie is out to reignite your love for the nation, with chants and cheers of “India!” echoing in the heart.