Jaidev and Kavita Bhasin live a middle-classed lifestyle in Southall, England, along with their son, Sunny. During the mid-80s Jaidev was a star football player for the all-Asian Southall ... See full summary »
When Newcastle United soccer star Santiago Munez is offered a spot with Real Madrid, he accepts, but the move - accompanied by big money and fame - tests his ties and loyalties to family, friends and business acquaintances.
Jaidev and Kavita Bhasin live a middle-classed lifestyle in Southall, England, along with their son, Sunny. During the mid-80s Jaidev was a star football player for the all-Asian Southall Football Club, and their team was very successful so much so that it generated hatred from opposing mainstream Caucasian teams, who attacked Jaidev and the team's coach, Tony Singh. This spelled the end of the team, and the ground was then rented out for weddings and birthday parties. Jaidev wanted Sunny to follow in his footsteps, but Sunny believed himself to be British and joined the Aston Football Club. When the time came for selection, Sunny, often referred to as 'Paki', was sidelined. Embittered, he joined the Southall Club, and he, and the Captain Shaan Ali Khan, as well as Coach Tony Singh, steered the team to many victories including a place in the semi-finals. Just before Southall team was to play against Gatwick, they get the news that Sunny has flip-flopped again - this time he has ... Written by
Dhan Dhanna Dhan Goal isn't terrible, but it falls short of the mark set by the far superior Chak De India. The acting is okay, but the script is often stagnant and overly predictable--even for a sports movie--and the story meanders along, hardly seeming to care if the viewer is still engaged or not. Unusual for a Bollywood movie, the characters fail to emote much and thus fail to grab our attention. John Abraham has been more than competent in films like New York, but here he seems to be reciting his lines as though he's in rehearsal--his heart is not in it. Most of the rest of the soccer team barely registers except when they're bickering, and even then we don't really know what they're bickering about. The 2 hour 45 minute run time is unwarranted given the thin stuff of which the plot is made and the shoehorned-in racism subplot does not ring true. 5/10, watch Chak De India instead.
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