Gold: So You Think You Can Make Sports Films, Bollywood?

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Gold: So You Think You Can Make Sports Films, Bollywood?

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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t is nearly impossible to dislike the premise that inspired Reema Kagti’s Gold: After winning gold medals for British India and being forced to proclaim their loyalty to a foreign anthem and flag, Independent India sent its first “Indian” field Hockey contingent to the 1948 London Olympics. The fact that India defeated Great Britain in the finals to clinch their first gold medal as an independent country made it even more poetic. It was a sporting final rich with the subtext of unity, division, pride, and patriotism – one of those real-life events that was just waiting to make its way to the big screen.

And yet, what a missed opportunity, despite a (mostly) stellar cast and fascinating source material.

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