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Maidaan Review: A Triumph of Grit and Glory on the Football Field


Maidaan, the much-anticipated sports drama directed by Amit Ravindranath Sharma, has finally hit the screens. With Ajay Devgn in the lead role, the film pays homage to the unsung hero of Indian football, Syed Abdul Rahim. Let’s dive into the exhilarating world of Maidaan.

Plot Summary of Maidaan

The movie chronicles the remarkable journey of SA Rahim, India’s greatest football coach. Set against the backdrop of the 1950s and 1960s—the Golden Era of Indian football—the film captures the sweat, blood, and passion that defined this period. The Indian football team, affectionately known as the “Brazilians of Asia,” achieved unprecedented success under Rahim’s guidance.

The Power of One

In the climactic match between India and South Korea at the 1962 Asian Games, Rahim delivers a stirring speech to his players. He emphasizes that while there may be eleven players on the field, they are truly one team. This sentiment resonates throughout the film, mirroring the unity and determination of the real-life football legends.

A Stellar Cast and Crew

  • Ajay Devgn as Rahim: Devgn’s portrayal of the legendary coach is nothing short of remarkable. His quiet yet dignified demeanor brings Rahim to life, making him a larger-than-life figure on screen.
  • Priyamani as Saira (Rahim’s wife): Priyamani shines in every scene, capturing the emotional depth of Rahim’s personal life.
  • Gajraj Rao as Roy Choudhary: Rao plays an influential sports journalist who challenges Rahim at every turn. Their dynamic adds layers of tension to the narrative.
  • AR Rahman’s Score: The maestro’s soundtrack and background score elevate the film, creating an electrifying atmosphere akin to FIFA finale matches.

The Tactician and Revolutionary Coach

Rahim believed in India’s potential as a football giant. Despite battling politics within the football federation, he handpicked the best talents and built a world-class team. His unwavering vision and determination transformed Indian football forever.

The Edge-of-Your-Seat Finale

The recreation of the final match—meticulously captured by sports directors of photography Fyodor Lyass, Tassaduq Hussain, and Christopher Reed—keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. As India faces off against South Korea, the stakes are high, and the adrenaline flows.

Verdict of Maidaan

Maidaan is more than a sports film; it’s a celebration of resilience, teamwork, and the indomitable spirit of India. Whether you’re a football enthusiast or simply appreciate compelling storytelling, this movie is a must-watch. Ajay Devgn’s performance, coupled with the film’s gripping narrative, ensures that Maidaan scores big.

Rating: 3.0/5

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