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Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal-Review

Well this was a movie i was really lookin forward to…nd finally got da chance to go see it wid a few of ma frends. There was already a lot of hype created about this movie in the soccer community of the nation, so there was no second thought about watching this movie.
The movie is based about an All-Asian Football Club (South Hall FC), based in London, which aspires to beat the English at their own game. The only problem-they’re bankrupt, they have no coach, no sponsors, no fans, no owner and players who can hardly support their families. With their only possession, a stadium, being threatened to being taken-over by the city council, they need to win the Combined Counties Football League that season or its good-bye South Hall FC.
The movie is a must-watch for all the soccer fans in India. It is a promising one with many great skills being shown off by the desi footballers. Also, the tour of the Old Trafford is well portrayed and the Man Utd dressing rooms, tunnel, ground and musuem is depicted in the movie.
John Abraham (Sunny) is an Indian-born who plays for the club Aston FC, but despite his superb perfomances at the training grnd, he isnt selected for the first team due to racist reasons. Arshad (Shaan) and John have had quite a few scuffles due to the latter’s queer habit of breaking Arshad’s restaurant’s window panes and there are ego clashes when John moves to South Hall FC. Also, the team hires disgraced ex-South Hall player Tony Singh (Boman Irani) as their coach. Together, Shaan and Tony work to help this team to recover. But as things start going right, a shrewd businessman, also an ill-wisher of the club, lures John into leaving the club without his team’s knowledge!!!
But there were quite a few glitches in the movie as well. The most major fault- there wasnt any paperwork reqd for John’s transfer from club to club!!! He moves from Aston FC to South Hall, a club which John despises and makes fun of, only because Boman wins a one-on-one soccer challenge against John, and as part of the bet he’s got to move to SHall FC!!! He also moves frm SHall to Millwall in the middle of the season, that too with SHall players and staff knowing of it only thru da papers. How cud he move without SHall officially releasing him and obtaining a transfer fee!!!??
Later, he jus picks up his jersey and joins South Hall in the middle of the final game of the season (out of patriotism, if thats da correct word), which is also the one which wud decide da winner of da league when he’s actually contracted with Milwall FC!!!!
With many predictable twists, this movie can be labelled as the ‘typical-bollywood’ movie, but that doesnt take the spice out of it. Unlike the English movie-Goal, this isnt a movie about a player in particular, but a whole team.
With good amounts of action, humour, romance, tragedy and of course soccer, i’ll give this movie 4.5/10.

November 25, 2007 Posted by | Movies | , | 2 Comments

Sachin falls on 99….yet again!!

The day before Diwali was expected to be a great one. But it wasnt one….wakin up early morning, 56 FC daparted for a match against South City. The mood was so light that we never even considered the fact that we might end up losing. And yeah, u guessed it right….a pathetic 3-0 defeat. They did not win the match for themselves, but we lost it for them…!! It was really frustrating.
Returning from the match, a few friends and I were discussing the Indo-Pak match that afternoon. Once again, we never thought that this Indian side could lose to such a hapless-looking Pakistan side. And once again, India lost the match rather than Pakistan winning it!!
When the match started, i soaked up all the energy of the match and was watching Sachin (The God of Cricket) play the way only he can. I felt a sort of completeness that i had never felt, for it had been a long time seeing him play those sort of shots. It was a great feeling. Toying with the Pakistani bowlers and making fun of them. And before i know it, he’s on 99…!! Great..!! The whole crowd stands up ready to applaud, the Indian dressing room also eagerly waiting, cameras ready in the hands of some staff members there. And then lightining strikes- Sachin caught behind on 99!!!!!
I could not believe it, nor could anybody else (including the Pak players)!! I jus stood gazing at the TV for a minute or two before i came back to my senses. Anyways, the match continued and i watched hopelessly as India went from 186-1 to 260-7!!
And then the third dissapointment of the day…Pakistan winning the match with one ball remaining!!! Wow!! A great warm-up to Diwali!!!
But anyways, Diwali was better than expected with friends and families gettin together to burst those crackers and make a lot of noise. Eating and driking continued side-by-side all the time.
An awesome day that was….
Anyways, i just understood the same thing 3 times that day- never underestimate ur opponents or else ur in for some serious heart-breaking moments 😛 !!

November 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment