Jhund’s strength, football movies in a league of their own

You don’t need to know football to enjoy Diego Maradona. The beauty of his impossible movements goes beyond perception and analysis, and excites us on an instinctive level. When the movie is fleet enough, it has a similar effect. As viewers, we respond to the rhythm rather than the intersection that enables us, to grace rather than literalism. Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s gond (Now showing on Zee5) is a beautifully mastered movie – with the most impressive montages I’ve seen in modern Hindi cinema – but I love it for the way it made me feel.

Manjul – the filmmaker behind the already famous Maharashtrian victories Sirat And Vandri (Both on Zee5) – Apparently he picked a template for his first Hindi film: an underdog sports autobiography about a man who taught slum kids soccer. His first maneuver was to make the fans think we knew what was coming. gond It starts with Nagpur boys pulling necklaces from women’s throats, blowing bleach, threatening drunk parents, exchanging number plates from hot motorbikes…these aren’t underdogs we know.

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This opening montage follows a hero in a red jacket that everyone calls out to Don. But do we call the man who managed to steal a gold chain from a woman’s throat a hero? In the next scene, he defends a woman he doesn’t know, protecting her from her bossy husband. However, is this courage or optimism? Neighborhood kids always make fun of the Don for a fight. Manjule plays subtly with our preconceptions, directing the ball away from the easy referee. It is no coincidence that he names this magnetic hero after one of Amitabh Bachchan’s most famous heroes.

Bachchan himself plays a character named Vijay: the screen name he’s carried for decades, including 1978 wear a dress, in which he played the dual roles of a cold gangster and entertainer living in the slums. This Vijay is a college professor who sees hope and potential in kids who kick can in the rain and gives them – by way of a goal – football. It pays them to play, and soon the play itself becomes the payment. (By naming the most notable characters Don and Vijay, Manjul emphasizes that they are two sides of the same coin, and even pass a wand: the angry young man our cinema needs today is a young Dalit, wrathful of righteous anger.)

The film looks electrifying. Cinematographer Sudakar Yakante Reddy shoots the film with true coarseness, but editors Kutub Inamdar and Vaibhav Dabhade cut it like a music video: dramatically contrasting action sequences are expertly cut crosswise, characters experience long-term perspective shifts to rival those of the audience, and there’s a generous romantic use for slow motion. The football sequence is all heart, and the big game in the middle of the movie is an amazing crowd. Manjule, after all, uses good form to make his points.

When Don and his friends raise money for Ambedkar Jayanti, the shopkeeper refuses to donate, saying he doesn’t see the benefit of the loud festivities led by a DJ. The boys, tired of this regular rejection, kicked him out and continued to celebrate loudly. The revelers are wild and ecstatic, but they stop responsibly and stand aside to let an ambulance pass, then continue to dance. That’s when Bachchan, a dazzled spectator, steps up to a giant picture of Ambedkar and raises his folded hands. In fact, there may even be a benefit from noisy festivities led by the DJ.

Later in the movie, the same store owner voluntarily came in to donate to a cause he deems worthwhile. This is a throat-hulled novel, and Manjuli smashes it, with the help of a crackling crew – led by Ankush Gaidam, Rajya Kazi and Priyancho Thakur, with Sirat Actors Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in pivotal supporting roles. Bachchan is exceptionally restrained and, like the dancers in front of the ambulance, gently stands aside. This movie is for kids, kids who climb walls and break barriers. When a girl texts in English and a boy replies in Hindi, they start using emojis. They find a way.

Sports can surprise more than art. Jhund caught me off guard. I lowered my defenses. register.


Jhund’s biggest dream is to play in a football tournament in the slums of Georgia. Georgian movie What do we see when we look at the sky? Moby is a charming, twisting tale about life, love and football. Directed by Alexandre Koberidze, it’s a magical real-life story about a soccer player who falls in love with a medical student, but a curse changes their lives – and the actors play with them.

Some of the most creative sequences in the movie belong to a couple of football-loving street dogs who have their own customs and traditions around watching the World Cup. In the film, shirtless kids dream big and paint the number 10 on their back in order to emulate their hero Lionel Messi – who, in turn, wore a 10 to imitate Maradona. Heroes make heroes.


Diego Maradona has cast a shadow over the world, but none more so than Naples, the small city that adopted the Argentine star – and vice versa. Beautiful Paolo Sorrentino God’s hand (Netflix) The protagonist appears utterly in love with the footballer, something the lyrical, feline-loving director nicely illustrates. When we meet young Fabito, he is affectionate, imagining his sexy aunt, who is often topless. It’s a deep infatuation. However, when asked to choose between two fantasies: a night with her or Maradona playing for Napoli, his answer was instant. Football is love.

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Fabito is a sensitive soul, and then, when provoked by his parents’ fight, he has an anxiety attack. He just learned that his father has a mistress and that his mother knows it, and he can’t breathe. The phone rings. Maradona will play with Napoli. Fabito rejoices, celebrating as if there was nothing wrong, and there could be absolutely nothing wrong now. Football is family.

God’s hand Revolving around fantasies, Sorrentino uses this Roman key to decipher his own obsessions, to go from an all-consuming fixation of sports idol to cinematic idols. Diego Maradona saves Fabito’s life the way sport saves all of our lives. Sometimes with victory, sometimes with solutions, sometimes by chance. Sometimes all we need is the freedom to kick back.

Flow tip of the week:

pentagram (Netflix) — created by Mike Myers, who plays most of the characters — is about a secret society that isn’t evil: the kindly Illuminati. Dirty streaks often require old school indulgence. However, multi-talented Myers remains 100% original. It may be ham, but it’s Canadian bacon.

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