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An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values and discrimination from mainstream hockey players.

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Robert Lieberman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinay Virmani ... Rajveer Singh
Camilla Belle ... Melissa Winters
Russell Peters ... Sonu Singh
Rob Lowe ... Dan Winters
Anupam Kher ... Darvesh Singh
Gurpreet Ghuggi ... Uncle Sammy (as Gurpreet Singh 'Ghuggi')
Sakina Jaffrey ... Livleen Singh
Noureen DeWulf ... Reena Singh
Kashish Suri Kashish Suri ... Gurveer Singh
Pamela Sinha ... Aunty Jasleen
Prem Singh ... Deva Singh
Al Mukadam ... Inderjit Singh
Ali Hassan ... Nikku Singh
Rup Magon ... Jassi Singh
Lee Rumohr Lee Rumohr ... Dave Murden
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Storyline

A hockey enthusiast since 12 years of age, Toronto-based Rajvinder Singh, even went to the extent of trimming his hair, discarding his Pagri/turban, did not complete his education, incurred the wrath of his father, Darvesh, who wanted him to be involved in the family business as well as confirm and respect Sikh religion principles and values. Hoping to play professional hockey, Rajvinder, along with other fellow Sikh players, instead finds himself treated as the object of ridicule, referred to as a 'joker', by mainstream Caucasian players. Even his friends tease him and ask him to take up 'Guli Danda' and Kabaddi', while his father makes him work for Uncle Sammy as a truck driver. He is attracted to stunning law student Melissa Winters while her brother, Dan, offers to coach Rajvinder and his team. Unable to get themselves included in any team, they form their own, and call it 'Speedy Singhs'. They then set about to make a name for themselves with a coach who is unable to pronounce ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | India

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Trivia

In the last scene on the ice, you can see Jesus Christ's face in the ice. See more »

Goofs

The coach gives Raj a captain's jersey, then the players all move out, as they pass him, camera angle changes, and he is suddenly wearing it. See more »

Quotes

Darvesh Singh: He's clearly punishing us for asking him to give up this ice hockey. White game out, white girl in.
Darvesh Singh: We danced once. Then we had children.
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Referenced in College Romance: The Hint (2018) See more »

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Breakaway Champion
Written By Jai Hind
Produced by Shaxe Oriah
Performed by Jai Hind
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Check 'Em Like Beckham....
15 July 2012 | by dweber34See all my reviews

....that is all....

But since I need to have 10 lines to get the succinct review contained in the title published, I guess I'll tell you how much I am looking forward to the 2020 movie "Turban Powered" in which a misunderstood Indian boy growing up in North Carolina has to prove himself to the good ol' boys on the NASCAR circuit and try to gain the understanding of his disapproving grandfather (played by Anupam Kher) the same weekend as his niece's wedding, which takes place the same day as the first Camping World Truck Series race the misunderstood Indian boy is set to drive in.... and the 2029 film "Hand Ball" in which a traditional Soccer-American couple living in Silicon Valley (played by Parminder Nagra and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) are forced to come to terms with their teenage daughter, who has chosen to accept a basketball scholarship to Stanford over a soccer scholarship to her mother's alma mater, Santa Clara. Anupam Kher appears as the kindly grandfather, Mr. Bhamra. Hilarious scenes at the traditional Irish wedding of Meyers' sister, which takes place on NCAA Letter of Intent signing day.


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