Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal !

After the success of Chak De, one would have lot of expectations from another sports movie to hit the screens and fair enough, one couldn't help but compare the two.

Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is the tale of an Asian team - Southall United Football Club which will lose its home ground if it cannot cough up 3 million pounds and the only way to make 3 million pounds is to win the local league championships. There begins the tale of Shaan (Arshad Warsi) the team captain and a bunch of rag tag players. Shaan ropes in a former Southall player Tony (Boman Irani) as the coach who also has a tale in the past. Then there is Rumana (Bipasha) who is Shaan's sister and a doctor and of course gets to be the team physio too. There is a parallel track of Sunny Bhasin (John Abraham) who is not chosen on racial grounds in a club of choice and compelled by his lost but now found sense of identity comes on board the Southall team.

The movie had the intentions of building pride in the Asian community abroad probably. Now, does the movie succeed ? if you ask me, the answer's a big NO. The movie while well intended, is patchy in screenplay and lacks soul & depth, both counts on which a Chak De India scored extremely high. Arshad Warsi is highly wasted in this film and so is Bipasha. Bipasha has a ridiculous role to play and that role could have been played by any other actress and would have made no difference. John Araham with his new looks tries to look like a footballer and unfortunately none of the cast really give you the impression of being such. While the rest of the team could be that way since they are not professional footballers and be intentionally unfit, Sunny (John) is tremendously bulky to be a forward position strike footballer !

The movie is just too long and with a flurry of kicks, tackles and goals, you soon lose count and track of which match is being won or lost. While the theme of the movie is building pride against racism there are plenty of references to 'Goras' and such other racial remarks ! The dialogue seems very contrived and the movie could have done with far better direction. The team anthem of Halla Bol, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal while hummable for short while fails in becoming a sporty anthem that a nation can adopt (again reminiscing of Chak De !) Of course, the movie has been in the gossip columns for all the wrong reasons from the John-Bipasha relationship to the Arshad-John tussle and many other tussles excpet for the football tackles !

The bits that are good are a few scenes between Arshad Warsi and John Abraham and the sequence between Boman Irani and John Abraham in the rain and a few other scenes. What possibly saves this movie to some extent is Arshad, Boman and John, in spite of everything else.

If you give this movie a miss, you wont miss much really ! The catchline of the movie goes -Heroes will rise, after the movie a tired audience does rise...to leave !


Mayur Polepalli December 9, 2007 at 6:35 PM  

Riding the wave of sport movies? I don't think so. It is a pretty bad movie!

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