Starring: John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Arshad Warsi,
Boman Irani, Raj Zutshi
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri
John Abraham rocks
in this movie !
John Abraham surely can and
very naturally can juggle a football well. He is simply
the star of this movie and plays the sport like a
John Abraham and Bipasha
is highly talented, who looked down upon this Southall
team till now. Sunny was, until now, playing with Aston
Villa an established club and was their top striker - a
star. But due to some racial discrimination, Sunny was
not selected by this elite club which mainly had the
Brits in their team.
We have Rumana (Bipasha Basu) who is Shaan's cousin and
is a doctor who then doubles up as Southall UFC's
physiotherapist. She falls in love with Sunny.
The football season commences,
and we have the Southall United team gradually climbing up
the points tally much to the surprise of all the football
fans. They find a high profile sponsor and now even the
media starts highlighting this team and also in due course
focus on their star player - Sunny. A television
commentator Johny Bakshi has some evil plans, hence he
lures Sunny to join another elite team offering him best
of the perks and huge cash advance.
Beneath the spirit of sportsmanship, there are acidic
remarks and barbed comments in the wars between football
teams and even between the members of the same team.
There is some style and substance in the movie. We have
striking cinematography and simple yet well handled
story here. John Abraham lends the right texture to his
character. Arshad Warsi is wonderful in a sober and
serious role, Bipasha Basu adds zing to the goings-on in
a not so lengthy role. Boman Irani is first-rate, Raj
Zutshi as the Sardar is even better and more impressive.
Dalip Tahil does his malicious part well.
In the first hour, the movie is just about ordinary
although the portions in the second half is just
pleasing and we are further treated with an exhilarating
climax. It is a nice film and John Abraham is the guy
who has a bright future. Watch out the Khans….. John is
The current bunch of movies on sports like Iqbal, then
we had Chak De India and now Goal is definitely fresh
and nice, breaking away from the stale - lost and found
brothers and lately the 3 to 4 dosts on an outing: Dhol,
Dhamaal, Golmaal… sort of trends.
Though a football movie, it also dips into issues like
racism and fanaticism linked with this sport. The film
achieves in arousing patriotic feelings and also has its
share of highs and lows.
Goal is a story of Southall United Football Club in the
United Kingdom which is facing its deepest crisis ever. In
spite of having a sprawling ground and the stadium, this
club has no stars, no coach, no sponsors, no takers and
most importantly, no owner. An eviction notice is served
to this club from the City Council which is masterminded
by the real estate sharks.
Almost all players in the Southall UFC are Asians, Shaan (Arshad
Warsi) is the captain and takes up the challenge to save
the club from extinction. The first step is to find a good
coach and he finds it in a not well regarded ex-player
Tony Singh (Boman Irani). Now it's the coach's turn to
ignite a burning desire within his players. In the process
he gets a prize catch in the form of Sunny (John Abraham),
a British born Desi Indian.
John Abraham - Sunny Bhasin
Bipasha Basu - Rumana
Arshad Warsi - Shaan
Naveen Andrews - Hanif
Boman Irani - Tony Singh
Gilbert Montoya - Football player
Sanjay Sharma - Akash
Dalip Tahil - Johny Bakshi
Rajendranath Zutshi (Raj Zutshi)
Writing credits: Vivek Agnihotri,
Anurag Kashyap, Rohit Malhotra
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Executive producers - Devan Khote, Zarina Mehta, Prem Pillai
Original Music by Pritam Chakraborty
Cinematography by Attar Singh Saini
Sandeep Shirodkar - Song Programming