A poor clone of ‘Bend it like Beckham’

2011-10-11 00:00

MANY Indian film-makers have made movies on cricket, hockey and boxing, and now ice hockey. The film is a cross-cultural drama centred around ice hockey, with Canada as a backdrop.

Although this is a story applicable to numerous second and third-generation non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Britain, the United States and Canada, the story is plagued with clichés and stereotyped characters — a loud, boisterous Punjabi joint. Similar to Bend It Like Beckham and Patiala House, Speedy Singhs looks at the gap between the older generation (Anupam Kher) and the younger generation (debutant Vinay Virmani) who have settled in Canada.

Rajveer (Vinay Virmani) hopes to become a professional ice-hockey player. He has the potential to be a suave player, but faces many stumbling blocks. His goal is to succeed in a traditional white man’s sport, but is in constant conflict with his father’s (Anupam Kher) wish that he devote his life to his religion and the family business.

Unable to find a footing in the game, Rajveer takes matters into his own hands by forming an all-Sikh ice-hockey team, the Speedy Singhs, and tries to find a coach (Rob Lowe). This is all done without his father’s knowledge as he is faced with questions which he tries to evade.

Speedy Singhs is a pile-up of classic dog-eared clichés that rob the film of any possibility of striking flashes of revelation.

American-born Canadian director Robert Lieberman tried to bring out a Bollywood connection with an international sport, which is not even popular in India. The story line is poor, the characters weak and the film comes across as a poor clone of Bend It Like Beckham.

Debutant Vinay Virmani is charming and has lots of potential. Anupam Kher, Rob Lowe, Camille Belle and Russell Peters give of their best, of course, with a limited screenplay.

If you are keen on a sporty, family rom-com drama, then Speedy Singhs is your pick.

**

 

FILM REVIEW: Breakaway (Speedy Singhs)

CineCentre

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.