It is always painful for good directors to quest for a hero for their movies. But Reema Kagti, director of Talaash isn’t complaining about her upcoming movie, Gold. The story is recreating India’s historic win for hockey at the 1948 Olympics. She says Akshay Kumar was only choice to play the lead in the film.
Casting changes are an inevitable part of the filmmaking process. One can’t be bogged down by such problems. It is a dream casting. I couldn’t have hoped for a better lead actor. In fact, my earlier two films worked because of the brilliant actors I got.
What kept her occupied after Talaash. She reveals
I was sitting doing nothing when Mr Chaloo got delayed. In fact, we have found a leading man for the project and I will be making the film after Gold. I am also writing Zoya Akhtar’s next film which she directs soon, Apart from Luck By Chance, which she wrote on her own, I’ve been a part of all her films so far, as she has been a part of mine. She has been a huge creative support in putting together Gold.
Right now, Reema is focusing entirely on Gold.
I’ve always been interested in great sports films. And I wanted to direct one. It wasn’t until my friend, lyricist-writer Ankur Tewari shared the idea of a film on a historic hockey match that India played at the 1948 Olympics and brought home India’s first gold medal, that I finally got down to doing my own film.
Scripted by Rajesh Devraj, the film is not a historical account of the actual game but
Mine would be a fictional take on what actually happened. The game of hockey would feature prominently in the plot, but there will also be a strong human drama playing at the forefront. And it wouldn’t be just the Olympics victory in 1948 we will be looking at. Gold will look at 12 crucial years in India’s history.
The director is aware of the unavoidable comparisons with Shimit Amin’s Chak De! India.
Just because hockey is the sport at the backdrop of my film it will be compared with Chak De. But why can’t two films on the same sport co-exist? Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan and Neeraj Pandey’s Dhoni: The Untold Story are based on cricket. But they are very different films. There is room for two films based on a game of hockey as well.