After proving his excellence and presence in socially relevant subjects like ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Padman’, highly talented actor Akshay Kumar is back with ‘Gold’ which is inspired from real life incidents. Reema Kagti’s ‘Gold’ talks about various issues like pre-Independence era, post-independence era, love for motherland, love for the national flag, love for the game of our national game and last but not the least love to win ‘Gold’ for our motherland.

Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar) plays the role of a manager of the Indian hockey team who ignites the fire to play for the motherland post-independence in the players and formed a strong team that can win‘Gold’ in hockey as a free India.  

The film opens with hockey team called as British India playing the finals of 1936 Berlin Olympics against Germany. The team is headed by Samrat (Kunal Kapoor). The team won gold thrashing Germany but the joy was missing among all Indians as they won the gold with lots of hardship for the British and not for our country as India was still under British Raj and not yet gained freedom. Their hearts tear into pieces when after winning the final match the national anthem of the UK being played. At that moment, Tapan Das and Samrat vowed to play for free India when our country will attain freedom and win ‘Gold’ for the country.

In the side-line, there is nationwide revolution to gain freedom. Adolf Hitler galvanized World War 2 and following this 1940 and 1944 Olympics gets cancelled. India is still to gain freedom but till then Das is totally immersed in alcohol. 

Finally, in 1947 at the mid-night, India became an independent country and the zeal to play hockey for our free India and win gold gave Tapan Das a new energy and he went on to build up a strong team of competent players. 1948 Olympics was announced on the threshold of independence and Das got determined that India participate in it and win gold for the country for the first time as free India. But it was not a cake walk for Das as he had to face many hurdles even after freedom. After lots of monetarily, politically, emotional turmoil finally under the captainship of Imtiaz Shah (Vineet Kumar Singh) dream team of India was formed and talents like Himmat Singh (Sunny Kaushal) and Raghubir Pratap Singh (Amit Sadh) and few more formed the men in blue. How India trashed the British and wins ‘Gold’ forms the rest of the story.

Reema Kagti’s direction and Rajesh Devraj’s screenplay were top-notch.

Speaking about the performances, Akshay Kumar sparkles as a gold in the film and performed brilliantly. He got into the nerve of the character and delivered his best. Mouni Roy as Akshay’s wife Monobina is also impressive. Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar, Sunny Kaushal, Nikita Dutt left a mark.

Production values are impressive. Paul Rowan and Shailaja Sharma’s production design deserves kudos. Anand Subaya’s editing is praiseworthy. Alvaro Guierrez’s cinematography is fantastic. Music by Sachin–Jigar and Arko Pravo Mukherjee failed to bring the desired effect.

In the nutshell, Reema Kagti’s ‘Gold’ is engaging and an apt Independence Day gift.