Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' Will Not Be like Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chak De'

Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' Will Not Be like Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chak De'

Ever since the posters of the film Gold started doing the rounds, rumours were rife that the Akshay Kumar starrer would be another hockey film like the 2007 release Chak De
Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' Will Not Be like Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chak De'

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Although  the  poster has Akshay Kumar standing  in the foreground  with  a team  of  hockey players in the background  Reema Kagti’s Independence Day release Gold  has  no resemblance  to Shimit Amin’s Chak De, people are already drawing comparisons since both films deal with hockey.

Explains Reema, “Just because hockey is the sport at the backdrop of my film it will be compared with Chak De.  But why can’t two films on the same sport co-exist? Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan and Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni:The Untold Story are based on cricket. But they are very different films. There is room for two films based on a game of hockey as well.”

Gold is  the real story of India winning its first gold medal at the Olympics in 1948. However only the backdrop is real. All the  other incidents woven into the 1948 Olympian triumph are fictional. Says Reema,“I  was always interested in the great sports films. I can watch them over and over again. And I wanted to direct a sports film. It wasn’t until my friend the lyricist-writer Ankur Tiwari shared  the idea of a  film on a historic hockey match that India played at the 1948 Olympics and brought home India’s first gold medal, that I finally got down to doing my own sports film.”

Reema is prompt to stress that the film, scripted by Rajesh Devraj, is not a historical account of the actual game . “Mine is a  fictional take on what actually happened. The game of hockey features prominently in the plot. But there is also a strong human drama playing at the forefront. And it isn’t just the Olympics victory in 1948 we are looking at. Gold  looks at 12 crucial years in India’s history.”
Interestingly Olympian  hockey player  Sandeep Singh whose life has been filmed into a bio-pic Soorma  directed by Shaad Ali, trained Akshay Kumar to look sufficiently  skilled  on the hockey field.