Friday, November 23, 2007

Interesting facts about dhan dhana dhan Goal

Do you know that Saif Ali Khan was the original choice to play the lead role in this Friday’s release Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal .

The film, directed by Vivek Agnihotri , was first titled ‘Goal’. But UTV had to forgo that title because there is already an English movie with the same name.

Starring John Abraham , Bipasha Basu , Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani in main roles, ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’ tells the story of a football club of British Asian players who must win a crucial league tournament to ensure the survival of their club, Southall United.

The film was shot at real football stadiums in London, including the Manchester stadium, which is considered the mecca of football.

With the film slated to hit the theatres on November 23, here are a few interesting tidbits about ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’.


Director Vivek Agnihotri had Saif Ali Khan in mind for the lead role while working on the script of the film. Moreover, when he approached Saif, the actor was all game for it. But there was a hiccup. Agnihotri wanted the movie’s cast to train in football for three months under professional experts. This condition was not acceptable to Saif who was too busy with other projects to spare extra three months for training. Saif excused himself from the project and Agnihotri approached John Abraham, who clinched the offer instantly because of his love for football.


From the day John began working on Goal, his physical limits were put to test. Firstly, he, along with Arshad Warsi, had to train extensively for months under the guidance of former English Premiere League striker Andy Ansah. In addition, there was Hollywood trainer Mike Ryan to help John get in shape and build stamina to play a physically demanding game of football. But the worst came when John suffered injuries during the shooting of the film. Muscle pulls, shin splits, hamstring and calf pain – the actor had to endure all this and had to sometimes continue shooting in spite of the pain.


Bipasha Basu got to play her reel character in real life when, while shooting a match sequence, John Abraham fell down and ended up with a bleeding nose. Bipasha, who was watching from outside the field, picked her medical bag and rushed to John. She cleared John’s wound, gave him first aid and applied pain relievers. Bipasha’s training for her role came handy at this point, and, nursed by his ladylove, John felt much better within minutes.


John and Bipasha’s onscreen romance has been rekindled in ‘Goal’. The movie features a kissing scene between the couple. However, the lip-lock is not passionate or intense, but soft and tender. Interestingly, the film has Bipasha playing an extrovert girl who keeps provoking her boyfriend. There are a few intimate scenes between the two in locker rooms.


Those who adore Bipasha for her beauty and sex appeal will be in for a surprise when they watch ‘Goal’. For, the sexiest woman of Asia is de-glamourized for her role of a football team’s physiotherapist in the film. Designer Rocky S has given Bips a simple, no make-up look. She will mostly be seen wearing track pants, sweat shirts and physio jackets. She also wears spectacles for most part of the film.


We have heard of actors getting in shape to get under the skin of their characters, but with Boman Irani it was the other way round. In the film Boman plays a football coach with a sordid past. He plays a man who had once been a sportsman but had turned his back to the game. Director Agnihotri wanted Boman to look like an unkempt, unshaven and neglected man. And much to his director’s wish, Boman too let himself go and did not worry about becoming overweight for the film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good movie ...excellent theme...but lacking a good music ...