Movie Review: Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.

Overview

Director:Vivek Agnihotri
Writers:Vivek Agnihotri, Anurag Kashyap
Release Date:23 November 2007 (USA)
Genre:Sport
Tagline: Heroes will rise.

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Get Set GOAL – a contemporary story of the Asian community in UK, told through the dynamic prism of professional football.

The characters in this drama fight the battle of hope through relationships, pride and their dreams. Southall United is a football club going through a major crisis. The team has no stars, no sponsors, no spectators and most importantly, no coach. Yet, it nurtures the hope that it will win the cup this time.The head of the city council, Anne, collaborates with Johnny Patel, a sports commentator, to acquire the large tract of land that is with the club.

Southall United Football Club is facing its deepest crisis ever. Bankrupt, with no stars, no coach, no sponsors, no takers, no spectators and most importantly no owner.

After the city council sends an eviction notice, it’s the last chance to save the ground, the club and their honor. Now, Southall United must win the Combined Counties Football League in their otherwise last season.

One man’s dream takes the team on a remarkable journey in this football-themed drama. Shaan (Arshad Warsi) takes up the challenge to save the club from extinction.

After a dishonored ex-player, Tony Singh (Boman Irani), joins them as the coach, in spite of being sniggered and laughed at, he and Shaan work to put together a team. It’s hard work as they approach their first game.

Sunny Bhasin (John Abraham) dreams to play for England. But his dream crashes after his club drops him because of the color of his skin. Ironically, Sunny himself had always laughed at his own community and Southall United.

Sunny and Shaan could not agree on many things. Adding to their personal chaos is Shaan’s cousin sister Rumana (Bipasha Basu) who is in love with Sunny.

Tony manages to convince Sunny to play for Southall United. It takes a while before Shaan and the team warms up to Sunny. With Sunny joining Southall United, the team gradually starts climbing the points tally. The city council is worried.

The only goal that the pragmatic Sunny has is winning, with all of the material perks and fame that he can acquire. He is more interested in being noticed himself, than Southall United winning the cup. Johny Bakshi (Dalip Tahil), a commentator and a frontman of the council, plans to lure Sunny away from Southall United. Sunny will need to sacrifice everything he believed in for something which he never believed. His love for Rumana, his relationship with his father and his life are at stake.
Goal is a simple story that packs not just the sport, but also dabbles with issues like racism and fanaticism associated with this sport. Issues that Westerners can relate to more than South Asians, especially racial discrimination.

I think you should see this film if you didn’t enjoy this yet.

CAST

Actor Role
John Abraham Sunny Bhasin
Bipasha Basu Rumana
Arshad Warsi Shaan Ali Khan
Boman Irani Tony Singh
Dalip Tahil Johny Bakshi
Naveen Andrews Hanif
Rajendranath Zutshi Monty Singh
Dibyendu Bhattacharya Debashis
Kushal Punjabi Goalie
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