When we enter an auditorium to watch a film, we carry certain expectations with us. Our overall judgement of the film is then based on the expectations met or otherwise. By this parameter Victory can be tagged as Victorious as it succeeds in meeting one’s expectations. However one wishes that the last 30 mins of the film lived upto the excitement built in the previous two hours.
Victory is a sincere effort and quite a riveting sporting drama. When one thinks of a sports based film in Hindi cinema, one is reminded of usual clichés like team spirit, unity, patriotism etc. Films in case being Lagaan, Chak De India. But with Victory, Ajit Pal Mangat goes a step ahead. He considers a man’s triumph over his shortcomimgs, failures and then his team. The film is an engaging journey of a man. Victory explores the life of an ambitious boy & his rags to riches to rags to riches journey. And then there is the gloomy side of the sport which makes an impact albeit a bit exaggerated.
The film’s biggest flaw is that it runs at a pace too brisk and that’s a little saddening considering that there was a lot more which could have been explored & made the on goings interesting. Also, the narrative is abound with the Hindi film ishytle drama which looks out of place at times, considering the director’s conviction is so well organized. But then one would be nitpicking a trifle to much.
Harman Baweja redeems himself completely after the LoveStory 2050 debacle and is fine playing a character that is so well written. Amrita Rao looks radiant and performed very well despite being under utilised. Anupam Kher has done justice to the role while Dalip Tahil after a string of irritatingly over the top performances looks in form. The same is applicable to Gulshan Grover.
Cricket is the central theme of the movie & hence the director takes extra care in shooting the finicky details without compromising on the panache. On the other hand, the writers make few mistakes here & there but the director’s conviction in the subject is such that you do no feel like nitpicking anymore. One has to just be patient with the melo drama (which a sports film needs honestly) and Victory would make for quite an enjoyable view.
Rating : 3.25