Actress Nikita Dutta, known for TV shows like Ek Duje Ke Vaaste and Haasil, will make her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar-starrer Gold. She says she has always believed in meaningful cinema.
Gold is a historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal.
“I had got a call from the casting director and had to go through two rounds of audition for the role. It feels great pleasure and honour to be associated with a film like Gold. I have always believed in meaningful cinema and this movie was one such opportunity,” Nikita said in a statement to IANS.
She plays a “simple, innocent Punjabi girl” in the film.
“She is the love interest of Himmat Singh played by Sunny Kaushal,” she said.
The film also features Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Mouni Roy. The Reema Kagti directorial will release on August 15.
Talking about independence, Nikita said: “I have grown up in a family where every one is a part of the defence forces, so freedom and everything related to independence runs deep down my veins. I find great pride in it.”
How was it working with Kagti?
“It was an amazing experience. Reema understands each one well enough and tries to push us beyond our usual which is a great thing. During that time I was juggling between my TV show Haasil and Gold, and Reema made me pull it off easily,” she said.
On the kind of cinema that interests her, she said: “Anything that challenges me. It’s in my blood to welcome all possible challenges. So something that makes me step out of my comfort zone is what I love doing. The possibilities are endless then.”
There’s something about a sports drama, isn’t it? Much like a real-life duel, watching even a staged match gives you an adrenaline rush like nothing else. Throw in a little patriotism in the mix and you have yourself a winner. Which explains why so many filmmakers want to tap into the potential of such stories. And hockey matches provide ample scope to make for a good drama. With team conflicts, internal politics and individual aspirations, it is no wonder that the sport finds more favour with Bollywood than cricket. Gold is the latest film to have tapped the topic. The trailer did manage to intrigue us but will the film strike gold with its story. Here’s what we think…
What’s it about?
Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) is one thing – passionate. However, he is not a hockey player. He manages the British Indian hockey team and wants to see the team play for an independent India. He and the Captain of the team, Samrat (Kunal Kapoor) vow to win Gold for an independent India even as they bow before the British flag after winning the 1936 Olympics for them. But their dreams bite the dust when World War II begins. As Tapan downs one peg after the other, he can see his life and dream slipping away. His wife, Manobina (Mouni Roy) is a nag, who is tired of his wayward ways and drinking habit. Tapan loses his confidence and the world loses all respect for him. Until one day, when he reads an announcement about the 1948 Olympics. With renewed vigour, he sets about the task. However, he finds it to be easier said than done. When after, with much difficulty he manages to get a go ahead on a team, India’s partition plays spoilsport. Along with the nation, Tapan’s team also gets divided and he finds himself at the bottom of the barrel again. But will he manage to find a new team in time for the Olympics? He does. Raghubir (Amit Sadh) and Himmat (Sunny Singh) are his key players. But will they bring him Gold? You will have to watch the film to find that out.
The film is brilliant in parts, especially when it correlates with historic events. Nothing spells patriotism better than scenes from the great Indian freedom struggle. And the film wisely provides lots of that. You can sense the players’ frustration as they play for a different nation. You feel the pain when Indians are asked to choose between their country or a new one. The film manages to successfully capture the confusion of that period, making you relate to the goings on, on a personal level. Also, Gold never indulges in Pakistan bashing, which is a refreshing change. They could have easily fallen prey to the lure of bringing in some good old rivalry and the resulting drama but it instead places the neighbouring country in high regards, making them seem as much of a victim of partition as India. Akshay Kumar, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Sunny Singh deliver splendid performances. Sunny Singh’s romantic track with Nikita Dutta is perhaps the only distraction in the film which we don’t mind. ALSO READ: BL Predicts: Akshay Kumar and John Abraham might get their biggest solo opener with Gold and Satyameva Jayate
The film gets too gimmicky in parts, which is when it falls flat. It is a sports drama but it also wants to be a family entertainer. So some hamming, jokes and silly songs are thrown in for good measure, taking away so much from the story! They seem like an entirely different film. You expect a serious filmmaker like Reema Kagti to at least steer clear of such distractions but unfortunately that doesn’t happen. Talking about the story itself, it is so similar to Chak De! India, you would have to be both blind and a fool to not draw comparisons. Been there, seen that! The plot points seem heavily borrowed from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer. Despite having released 11 years earlier, the film has an amazing recall value, which works against Gold. And you almost rue the fact that unlike that film, this one doesn’t even have a great score to redeem itself. Except the title song, which can be heard for a bit in the film, the other songs all seem forced. Akshay has our sympathies for trying to sound convincing as a Bengali and failing miserably.
Akshay Kumar’s film will make you happy if you are a patriot. But the sense of deja-vu will be difficult to shake off. It is, however, an ideal Independence Day watch for the sheer sense of patriotism that it evokes. Make a family outing out of it.
Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) is the manager of the British India hockey team but the freedom struggle has had an impact on him too. While playing against Germany in the 1936 Olympics, he encourages the players of his team to play for the independent India that everyone dreams of. And when they finally bag the third gold as a British colony, he and Samrat (Kunal Kapoor) vote to win the same for an independent India. However, the world goes to war post this and the Olympics are indefinitely postponed. Tapan finds himself at the bottom of the bottle and in deep debt, with a wife (Mouni Roy) who nags him all the time. But then he finds out that since the war is over, the Olympics will be restarting. He then sets out to form a new hockey team. That is unless the partition takes place and the team is divided into two. Will Tapan still be able to form a team bring home the Gold? Let’s find out…
India’s favourite Naagin, Mouni Roy will be seen tomorrow in her debut Bollywood film, Gold. She is playing the role of Akshay Kumar aka Tapan’s feisty Bengali wife, Monobina who does not hesitate from smacking her husband if need be. We have loved whatever we have seen of her so far. She is looking damn pretty and her expressions are bang on. Yesterday in a candid interview, Mouni opened up on how upset she was on hearing speculations that it was Salman Khan who helped her bag her maiden film. The actress told Bombay Times, “You should actually pose this question to Ritesh (Sidhwani, producer of Gold). Salman Khan has had no role to play in my Bollywood debut; I don’t know how these reports emerged and I wonder why anybody would do that for me. Is it so unbelievable that after acting for 10 years and being a Bengali, I can’t land a Bengali character’s role by myself? It was hurtful.” (Also Read: Gold First Movie Review: Here’s how Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir reacted after wathching Akshay Kumar and Mouni Roy starrer historical sports drama film)
The actress, however spoke about how she was a Salman Khan fangirl since childhood and would collect his posters. Mouni said that he was someone she respected immensely. Now, a fan club of Salman Khan has shared a video where Mouni is heard saying that her dream debut would be opposite Salman Khan. You can see how she like millions is gripped by Bhai’s fan mania.
Mouni, who hails from Cooch Behar in West Bengal made her debut with TV by playing Krishnatulsi in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Post that, she got a lot of love for being Sati in Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev. However, the show that made her a star in every Indian household was Naagin. People could not get enough of Shivanya. Stay tuned to BL for more scoops!
Gold Movie Review: There have been a lot of innovative promotions going on in golden ways for Akshay Kumar’s next Gold, which also stars Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Kunal Kapoor in key roles. The makers organised a special screening for legendary hockey player Balbir Singh in Delhi on Sunday. The screening was also attended by famous Indian sports personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, PV Sindhu, Virender Sehwag & Gautam Gambhir.
Former Indian Cricketer, Virendra Sehwag took to Twitter to share his experience writing that he is totally sold for gold and highly impressed with the cast’s work. “Thank you @akshaykumar for the special screening. I am totally #SoldForGold. Wonderful performances and a really inspiring movie. May it do well and inspire many,”tweeted Sehwag.”
Gautam Gambhir, who also attended the screening took to twitter writing, “@akshaykumar bags a ‘gold’ with #Gold the movie. What a show Mr Khiladi!!! You doing justice to history bro. Absolutely loved the movie #IndiaTurnsGold #GoldInDelhi”
Meanwhile, the makers also made a special video featuring Indian sports legends including Sachin Tendulkar, PV Sindhu, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, Abhinav Bindra, Sunil Chhetri & Vijender Singh. The video released on the same day of the screening is titled Feeling of Gold to mark 70 years of India’s first Olympic gold medal win. Sachin tendulkar shared the video on his social media handle tweeting, ” I always get goosebumps whenever our national anthem is played. I guess every sportsman feels the same intensity, a sense of great pride … the #FeelingOfGold http://bit.ly/FeelingofGold Celebrating 70 years of free India’s first Gold with @akshaykumar & @FarOutAkhtar.”
Furthermore, seven landmark locations including Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (Mumbai), Statue Circle (Jaipur), Sabarmati Riverfront (Ahmedabad), PVR Plaza Connaught Place (Delhi), Prinsep Ghat (Kolkata), JK Temple (Kanpur) and Magarpatta City (Pune) were turned gold at 7 pm on Sunday to celebrate the iconic day. Can’t ignore the fact that the team is doing wonders with the promotion!
Gold is a sports drama based on the life of Tapan Das, the team manager who forged the first-ever Hockey team of independent India and led it to victory. Starring Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh and Sunny Kaushal, the film promises power packed performances by an ensemble cast. The movie which is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, helmed by Reema Kagti is all set to release on the 15th August, 2018.
The makers of the upcoming sports drama Gold starring Akshay Kumar have not just done a remarkable job at promoting the film but also registered the relevance of the film’s release date with the special act.
After 70 years of winning free India’s first Gold, the nation has is celebrating the special day today by turning the iconic landmarks across the nation into the Golden colour for the first time.
In order to celebrate the iconic day, six cities across the nation turned into Golden colour. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, Statue Circle in Jaipur, PVR Plaza Connaught place in Delhi, Prinsep Ghat in Kolkata, JK Temple in Kanpur And Magarpatta city in Pune turned Golden.
The makers and the stars posted a letter on their social handles informing about India turning Golden.
Tomorrow is the day, 70 years ago India won it’s first Gold medal as a free nation! I take immense pride in sharing, in this honour, landmark locations across India will be turning Gold tomorrow 7 pm onwards. Join us and unite for India’s first Gold. #IndiaTurnsGold#UniteForGoldpic.twitter.com/nxjDHgyK5k
The breathtakingly beautiful TV actress Mouni Roy is all set to foray into the world of cinema. She will make her debut with the sports drama, Gold, where she will play the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife. Lined up in future, she has the big-budget Dharma film, Brahmastra, and also promising movies like Raw opposite John Abraham and Made In China opposite Rajkummar Rao. As the case is, for any actor making a big leap, rumours were rife that a big name is instrumental in building Mouni’s Bollywood career through recommendation. Here, the name was Salman Khan, with whom Mouni has shared the Bigg Boss stage for a few performances and even starred in a promo. Well, Mouni, once again, denies all rumours of Salman helping her bag her debut film.
The actress further blamed media for not giving her credibility as an actor. She added, “if I talk about this, it will look like I am using Salman sir’s name for publicity, and I don’t want to do that. He is someone I love and respect immensely. I have been his fan since I was a little girl, and I used to collect his posters and pictures. So, I don’t want to just take his name, but now that this has come up, let me clarify that I have not got a single call from Salman Khan’s production house for any role.” She also revealed that has not received any call for Dabangg 3.
In July 2017, at an event, Gold producer Ritesh Sidhwani had said that Mouni landed the role in his film after impressing the makers with an audition. “To be honest, no one recommended her. She is talented. It’s like taking away someone’s talent by saying that somebody recommended her,” he had said. Mouni had shared a screenshot of a news article reporting the same on her Instagram, though the post has now been deleted.