“Maidaan”: A Riveting and Uplifting Cinematic Experience – IANS Rating: ***1/2

Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) – The release of the sports drama film ‘Maidaan’ starring Ajay Devgn tells the inspiring story of Syed Abdul Rahim, the Indian football coach who brought glory to the nation between 1952 and 1962. Rahim’s revolutionary tactics led India to victory, but his story has been forgotten over time.

Rahim transformed the Indian football team into a powerhouse, winning gold at the Asian Games and making history at the 1956 Olympics. The film, directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma and produced by Boney Kapoor and Zee Studios, brings to light the forgotten heroism of Rahim and his team.

The narrative focuses on Rahim’s struggle against internal politics and lack of resources, showcasing his determination to train and lead his team to success. The film captures the emotion and intensity of the game, highlighting the skills and sacrifices of the players under Rahim’s guidance.

With captivating performances from the cast and stunning cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray and Fyodor Lyass, ‘Maidaan’ immerses viewers in the era of 1950s football in India. The music by A.R. Rahman adds depth to the storytelling, making the film a heartfelt tribute to a forgotten sports icon.

Ajay Devgn shines in his portrayal of Rahim, bringing depth and nuance to the character. His performance, along with the talented ensemble cast, elevates the film into a touching tale of resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

Despite Rahim’s legacy fading over time, ‘Maidaan’ serves as a reminder of his impactful contribution to Indian football. The film’s rating of ***1/2 reflects the compelling storytelling and powerful performances that make it a must-watch for sports enthusiasts and moviegoers alike.


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