The past two years have seen Saudi Arabia take leaps and bounds in order to catch up with the rest of the modern world. One of the steps they took was finally opening up cinemas in the country so that people did not have to rely on torrents and bootleg DVDs in order to catch their favourite flick.
The first movie to be screened in the country was Black Panther which was screened to a private audience before the cinema opened its doors to the general public. Now Akshay Kumar and Mouni Roy starrer Gold has bagged the honour of being the first Bollywood movie to be screened in Saudi. The movie portrays the story behind Indian Hockey Team’s win at the 1948 summer Olympics.
Suffice to say, Akshay Kumar was beyond excited about this honour and took to Twitter to express his happiness.
The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, #Gold is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today! @excelmovies @ZeeStudiosInt
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 30, 2018
As for the movie, while it has joined the 100 crore club which is often rare for a movie that does not involve the presence of three Khans, is it worth the watch?
Before I give my review, let me just tell you that I am a sucker for biographical movies. Indian biographical movies are a refreshing change from their usual humdrum high octane drama and have substance.
The movie attempts to show the struggle and hard work of the Indian team who gave it their all in order to defeat the British. What makes the win all the more special is the fact, that they won this title just a year after independence and they won it from the same people who had kept them imprisoned in their own country for all those years.
What makes the film stand out is its brilliant cinematography which perfectly captures the nuances of that certain era. The costumes are brilliant, the acting is top notch and the story pulls at your heartstrings by showing you how different was the world post-partition. However, that’s not to say that the film was not without its faults. As per usual, the film was littered with songs that had no place being there and the editing of the movie left a lot to be desired.
The final verdict? SALMAN KHAN KI HAR GHATIYA MOVIE DEKH LI HAI TOU AB ISKO DEKHNE MEIN KIA MASLA HAI? YOU WILL LOSE FEWER BRAIN CELLS WATCHING THIS MOVIE THEN WATCHING SALMAN KHAN PLAY COUNTLESS ITERATIONS OF THE SAME CUTESY MACHO CHARACTER.
Also, way to go Saudi!