Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal

Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is an above average sports flick. It has a balanced dose of style as well as substance. The script may be clichéd like most sports flicks with the main common themes being triumph of the underdog, racism and even a dash of romance thrown in. However the screenplay does manage to grip the audiences and even the execution has been done deftly. Performances are sincere and in keeping with the roles. Overall Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is a likeable film; it has the right mix that will entertain audiences.

The film has been produced under the UTV banner and it has been directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The story and screenplay have been done by Rohit Malhotra. It stars John Abraham as Sunny, Arshad Warsi as Shaan, Bipasha Basu as Rumana, Boman Irani as Tony Singh etc.

Southall United Football team has rarely won a match in recent times; most of its players have their own agenda for playing the game. Now they are faced with another crisis, they have received an eviction notice and soon they will not have a ground to play their favourite sport. However Shaan (Arshad Warsi) who is the main team player of Southall wants to save the football team and their ground at any cost. He ropes in an ex player, Tony Singh as their coach and together the two try and put up a team which gradually rises to the occasion.

Meanwhile Sunny (John Abraham) is one of the best players of another British team, but he does not get selected simply because he is Indian. Sunny’s dreams then come crashing down until Tony Singh convinces him to play for Southall. However there is another major problem and that is Shaan and Sunny’s rivalry. Moreover to make matters worse Shaan’s sister Rumana (Bipasha Basu) and Sunny strike up a romance. With so many tensions and personal problems will Southall be able to rise up and save their precious football club?

Firstly sports flicks are the flavour of the season and with the recent success of Chak De India, it has only received an added boost. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal deals with football as its sports issue. The parallel track include the issue of racism which director Vivek Agnihotri deals with in a fairly mature manner, he does not over do the racism bit but shows many instances where Asians living in different countries would probably identify with. The romantic track shows John and Bips in a fresh and appealing manner. The script may have flaws which involve several clichés that have already been seen in other sports flicks. However the screenplay has a balanced dose of football action, romance, and various other issues that make it an above average film. The rivalry between John and Arshad is depicted quite well. A light dose of humour is thrown in too and is entertaining. The look of the film too is stylish. Director Vivek Agnihotri executes the film with ease and maturity.

However at times some of the tracks fall behind and the pace slackens. Then again it is seen rising eventually. In the first half especially there are several instances where the pace slows down, however it picks up towards the second half and the climax which is the last 20 minutes is worthy.

The music has two songs, one is the anthem song Dhan Dhana Dhan karenge Goal which is average and the other one is Bilo Rani which does not fit in very well with the situation and the look too is not convincing. Cinematography is good and the real life stadiums where football matches have been played is perhaps one of the reasons for lending an authenticity. The football matches have been shot with the right amount of action and aggressiveness.

Performances are good and every one fits into the roles carved out for them. John Abraham has the right look of a football player and gives a decent performance too. Arshad Warsi too comes across as average in his role which gives him ample opportunity to display his acting prowess and he does a good job too. Bipasha Basu does not have a meaty role but she manages to capture the audiences’ attention not with her oomph this time but with her sincere and cute performance. Boman Irani is competent and the rest of the cast too lends able support to the main stars.

Overall Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal has a likeable screenplay which has been executed well and this is what works for the film. Performances too which are average only serve in lifting the film higher. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal however with its style and content may be more suited for multiplex audiences. Nonetheless Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is an engaging and entertaining sports film.

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