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By Taran Adarsh, December 18, 2009 – 16:18 IST

Indians are passionate about cricket. Am also sure you must’ve encountered a number of cricket fanatics over the years. Most film-makers dread to release their films during crucial matches, fearing that a sizable chunk of moviegoers would prefer to watch a match than a movie.

This year, we’ve had VICTORY [Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao] and DIL BOLE HADIPPA [Rani Mukherji, Shahid Kapoor] focusing on this popular sport. Prior to that LAGAAN, IQBAL and JANNAT. Now WORLD CUPP 2011. Unfortunately, WORLD CUPP 2011 neither excites you as a cinematic experience, nor does it whip up those passions.


Ravi Kapoor essays the captain of the Indian cricket team, who tanks a match with the help of his team-mates against arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup. They are banned for four years when exposed by the media. His girl-friend Soha [Manisha Chatterjee] dumps him and his family disowns him.

Cut to 2011. Ravi is given one more chance to prove his patriotism by the coach [Suresh Oberoi]. Ravi is again approached by the same bookie [Zakir Hussain] to repeat the same performance once again, but this time he turns the offer down. His girl-friend is kidnapped. Ravi goes through a crisis before he wins the World Cup trophy.

WORLD CUPP 2011 falls flat due to a weak script. The film tries to explore the unholy nexus between cricketers-bookies-underworld, besides the rise-fall-rise of a cricketer, but the writing is so amateurish that it doesn’t hold your attention. Perhaps the intentions were right, but not the final output.

Debutante writer-director Ravi Kapoor may’ve borrowed from real-life, but several portions seem unpalatable. Like, for instance, the ease with which the captain of the Indian cricket team and even the umpire interact with underworld dons while the final match is in progress seems bizarre.

Talking of acting, Ravi Kapoor has screen presence, but needs to work on his acting skills. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakir Hussain are passable.

On the whole, WORLD CUPP 2011 is a weak fare.

Amitabh arranged a special show of Paa for Harbhajan Singh

By Kunal M Shah / Yogen Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 08, 2009)

Watching Paa was part of the Indian cricket team’s celebrations after defeating Sri Lanka 2-0 in the recently concluded series. A few team members Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Kumar Raina, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik watched the film in Nagpur yesterday.

However, Harbhajan Singh missed out on the film as he is in Mumbai. So he called Amitabh Bachchan, who promptly organised a show for him at suburban preview theatre in Mumbai. Our source said, “The Indian cricket team is in Nagpur for the T-20 cricket match with Sri Lanka, which will be held tomorrow (December 9).”

Some of the team members reached Nagpur early yesterday, so they watched Paa there. But Harbhajan was in Mumbai, so he called Amitabh and said he was very keen on watching Paa as he had heard some great things about the film. To this, Amitabh immediately said that he would organise a trial show for him. Amitabh arranged for a show in a preview theatre in Andheri. Harbhajan saw the film at around eight last evening with a few of his friends. Even Sachin Tendulkar had called Amitabh, but he couldn’t make it.”

Amitabh Bachchan confirmed the story and said, “Yes, I organised a show for them.”

Paa (Pic: Yogen Shah)

GAME FOR IT: John Abraham
John Abraham joins the Indian cricket team to play opposite South Africa in his sporty film

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 2, 2009)

John Abrahan’s ankle’s more or less healed now and his doctor’s told him to go ahead and play for David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook. So Dhawan has decided to rope in the Indian and the South African cricket teams to play against one another for the grand climax of the sporty film.

A source from the production house said, “We will shoot as soon as we get the dates of certain members of the Indian team.” John, of course, will be part of the Indian team. “I’ve always been a sporty guy. I love all kinds of athletic activity. I’ve always loved football and now cricket. But my favourite sport is the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Some day I hope to do an entire film based on mo’bike racing,” said the actor.

At the moment, the only work he has on hand is the cricket match. “Abbas Tyrewala’s film 1-800-Love is over and after we shoot the climax of Hook Ya Crook, my slate is going to be clean except for a film with Nishikant Kamath,” he said.