'Gold' Trailer Review: Akshay Kumar Turns Patriotic Bengali in this Reema Kagti Film

'Gold' Trailer Review: Akshay Kumar Turns Patriotic Bengali in this Reema Kagti Film

Akshay Kumar's patriotic saga isn't like Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chak De', though both films are based on hockey
'Gold' Trailer Review: Akshay Kumar Turns Patriotic Bengali in this Reema Kagti Film

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The  trailer of Reema Kagti’s big Independence Day sports film finds Akshay Kumar doing what he likes best: pitching for country and flag. There is  a loud jingoistic  feel to the trailer, as though the  director has  let all systems go into creating a feverish pitch  as  hockey takes centrestage once again.

Let me say at the outset that  Gold looks nothing  like  Shimit Amin’s hockey film  Chak De. The two films are as  dissimilar  as Shah Rukh Khan and  Akshay Kumar. Akshay with a  Bengali accent that Uttam  Kumar would have envied, plays the captain of India’s first post-Independence  hockey team and he wants nothing  less than the Gold from the Olympics. “The King will watch as we take away the gold,” he dreamily announces to Vineet Mishra (the actor  who was last seen trying to become  a  boxer in Mukkabaaz) who is reluctant join the team. Aren’t they all!

The team, if you must know, looks dependable and  appealing ,what with Kunal Kapoor philosophizing how in life as in hockey, you sometimes just need to let the  ball go. Not this time, buddy.  Reema Kagti’s Gold has ‘winner’ written on every frame. The trailer screams  for attention as  patriotic sounds merge into visuals of the furling-unfurling flag. It’s all done  in  the spirit of  a gamely  night of nationalistic fervour, filled with sounds and visuals that are meant to suck  us into its seductive  nationalism.

Here's the trailer:

It works most of the way. Mouni Roy  the  very beautiful television actress, is  seen as Akshay’s bullying wife who literally pushes aside his Olympian dreams and later is seen praying for her husband’s victory. Akshay loves to be bullied  by his screen  wives (see Jolly LLB 2 , Toliet Ek Prem Katha, Padman, etc). Mouni  seems to wear  the pants  in this relationship too. Akshay happily lets her.
Gold has a warm rugged feel to it, as  though the spirit of nostalgia and  sportsmanship that rule the theme are pre-conditions for a  sincere film on winning against all  odds. The ‘formula’  cannot stop working as long as  the filmmaker uses it to tell an inspiring story. Gold will hit pay-dirt .

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