Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film
Nov 23, 2007 By Ashok Nayak

Sport based films are in fashion. Barely 3 months after the hockey based Chak De India we have Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, a movie based on Football. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri (Chocolate - 2005) Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal stars John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Bipasha Basu in the lead.

Southall United Football club is in a major crisis. The team has no sponsors, no quality players, no spectators, no physio and no coach. Yet they dream of lifting the cup. The head of the city council collaborates with Johnny Patel (Dalip Tahil) to acquire the stadium that belongs to the club. Together they highlight the football club's lackluster performance and threaten to take the ground away from them, unless they pay off the dues. Shaan Ali Khan (Arshad Warsi), the captain of the Southall United, hopes to bring in a celebrated ex-player to coach them. Then we have Sunny Bhasin (John Abraham), a star player, who dreams of playing for the national team. Will the coach manage to pull the team together? Can the club win the match and save the ground? Does Sunny agree to be part of the Southall United Team?

The story is similar to Chak De India, of an underdog team achieving the impossible. The first half is good and absorbing. The whole scene shot at the Manchester United Stadium is one of the highlights of the movie. It literally gives you goose bumps. The second half is dull and drags endlessly. The item number and an additional 15 - 20 minutes should be edited out from the second half for better impact. The supporting characters aren't well defined, something that worked so well in movies like Chak De India and Lagaan. There is not one character other than the lead characters that stands out. A few dialogues are good, but it does tend to get preachy. Barring the Goal title song the music is average.

Arshad Warsi has the meatiest role and he is brilliant throughout. Girls will love John Abraham in Goal. Performance-wise he is above average. His football scenes have been choreographed and performed well. Boman Irani as the football coach delivers an intense performance. Bipasha Basu has no role, just eye candy. Dalip Tahil plays his part well. The rest of the supporting actors are below average.

Overall, Goal isn't a bad movie. Watch with low expectations and you might enjoy it. Football and John Abraham fans are sure to love it. For the rest go find out whether Chak De India is still running in a nearby Cineplex, else just purchase a DVD.

Rating - 2

Ashok Nayak