Movie: Stand By
Banner: BRC Production
Cast: Adinath Kothare, Sachin Khedekar, Dalip Tahil, Avtar Gill, Nagesh Bhonsle, Siddharth Kher, Surendra Pal, Manish Choudhary, Yana Gupta and Others
Music: Aadesh Shrivastav
Cinematographer: Sanjay Jadhav
Producer: Prakash Choube, Sagar Choube
Director: Sanjay Surkar
Released Date: August 26, 2011
Yet another sports film comes knocking in Bollywood. And like many other films this one too deals with the status of other sports in a cricket frenzy nation like India. Like the way corruption has evolved as the current rage in the nation, the issue truly reflects in the film as well. The film deals with the dreading issue of how the politics is intruding the sports culture in India.
An eye opening tale, the story begins with two football players Rahul (adinath) and Shekhar (siddarth). Both of them have strong attachment towards the game and their goal is to represent India in international circuit. Their chance comes when their state Maharashtra wins Santosh Trophy. The story takes a turn when Shekhar who is the son of the rich tycoon Verma (dalip tahil) is not taken into the main squad. He is taken as a standby striker and efforts begin to push him into the main team by removing a member. The dirty politics that follow forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a thought provoking storyline and while the presentation was neat, the narrative was gripping. The dialogues were sensible, the script was moderate and the screenplay was catchy. Background score was fitting and the songs hampered the momentum. Cinematography was superb. Editing was regular. Costumes were effective while the art department was appealing. Adinath has come up with a committed performance while Sachin was riveting. Dalip Tahil was classy and made his presence felt. Avtar Gill was apt. Nagesh was natural. Yana looks sizzling hot. The others did their bit and added value.
The film gains interest due to the backdrop of football. On the other hand, it was an up close experience for the audience to see how dirty politics is ruining the fate of sports in our country. While the first half goes about in a smooth fashion about individuals and their dreams, it is the second half that takes a twist due to the twists and turns. If only the songs were avoided, the film could have created a strong impact. At the box office, the film has potential to score profits if promoted well. This will be a treat for youngsters and sports lovers.