Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Review
Introducing Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is directed by Vivek Agnihotri whose last directorial venture Chocolate was a box-office dud. The movie showcases a sport loved by millions around the world, Football. Comparisons to the recent hugely successful sport-based movie Chak De India are inevitable. Infact the success of Chak De India has in a way helped build excitement around Goal. So does Goal live upto the expecations? Read on..
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Story
The Southall United Football team led by captain Shaan Ali Khan (Arshad Warsi) is in a deep crisis. The team has no quality players, lacks sponsors and has very few supporters. The football stadium is under lease with substancial amount of dues, the Southall United team is in a do-or-die situation. They must win the Combined Counties Football League to save the ground and the club. Shaan with the help of Coach Tony Singh (Boman Irani) takes up the challenge and leads the bunch of players who lack focus and determination.
Sunny Bhasin (John Abraham) has big football dreams, but his dreams crash when he is not selected by the club inspite of being the best player. Reason… The color of his skin! Tony Singh convinces Sunny into joining the Southall United team. Unfortunately, Sunny and Shaan cannot stand each other. On the other hand, Shaan’s sister and Southall United physio Rumana (Bipasha Basu) is in love with Sunny. Inspite of the mess that they are in, the team grows under the able guidance of the coach. Sunny is now a huge star. Enter the villian, Johny Bakshi (Dalip Tahil) who lures Sunny out of the team just before the 2 most crucial matches.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Review
The movie in a way is quite similar to Chak De India. The coach of the team is hiding, as he was reponsible for the team’s loss in the 1985 finals. The team also consists of talented but players who lack focus and determination. Goal is about achieving the impossible, from absolute no-hope to glory.
The movie is a simple human drama, it celebrates human spirit and director Vivek Agnihotri has handled it exceedingly well although the script lets him down to a certain extent. Talking of the script, it has quite a few flaws, some actions defy logic and a few characters could have been better written. The execution is good and the dialogues (Anurag Kashyap, Rohit Malhotra) make an impact.
The movie falters slightly mid way past the interval. There is something missing, that doesnt make you cheer the Southall United team to victory, this could go against the movie. Also the editing could have been sharper. The runtime of the movie is almost 2 hours and 45 mins. Whats that weird item number doing in the movie? It should be chopped off. The music is above average. The title track and the background score are superb. If the movie succeeds, this could well be the next Sports anthem after the Chak De India title song. The football choreography (Andy Ansah) needs a mention here, its brilliant.
Scenes to watch out for
- The scene shot in the Manchester United stadium just before the Intermission. Takes the movie to a high, with expectations sky-rocketing for a great second half.
- The scenes between Arshad Warsi and John Abraham.
- Ahem. The kiss between John and Bipasha. Yes, there is a passionate kiss.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Performances
The performances are good. John Abraham is good and perfect for the role of Sunny. His football scenes throughout the movie are a treat to watch. This is not a supporting role for Arshad Warsi, he is present throughout the movie and as usual he is brilliant. Boman Irani in a role that demands aggression and intensity is good. Bipasha Basu looks sexy throughout, acts well although her role is limited and doesn’t demand any histrionics. Dalip Tahil and the rest of the football players support ably.
Overall, Goal is a average movie with good performances. The second half could have been much better, unfortunately it isn’t upto the mark. No, don’t expect a Chak De India, it’s in a different league altogether! At the all important Box-office, like I said earlier success of Chak De India will help Goal. Should end up as an average grosser.Rating: Average