August 24, 2011 03:51:17 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
One wonders how many of the viewers and the fans of cinema have seen the Hollywood film INVICTUS which is one of the most profound films made associated with sports. The reference to INVICTUS is alluded to in comparison to STAND BY as it is for the first time after a really long time that a director of eminence is directing a film on sports aka Sanjay Surkar. INVICTUS was directed by Clint Eastwood and had Morgan Freeman and Matt Deman in key roles.
Indeed, comparative analysis of sports films as they are made in India and those made in Hollywood bring the fact out in stark relief that the Indian films are shot with underpinnings of politics, while the sports films are more to invoke the passion, nationalistic fervor, or as a channel vehicle to claim victory. INVICTUS as a film was based around the World Soccer match that was held in South Africa, and how Nelson Mandela, inspired the team to win the championship, Morgan Freeman playing the role of Nelson Mandela with panache.
Do we have any such movie or any such occasion where a sports activity or a tournament's destiny is guided by the leader who weaves the idea of victory by associating it with national pride? Not likely. In the context of STAND BY an opportunity has been presented, where the film can be shown in the rural areas and the hinterland to the people who are living in economically challenging conditions and who could get inspired from the film to find a place for them in sun.
STAND BY is a saga of club level football game, which is indeed one of the most passionately followed sports by the country men around the country side, though mainstream media and sports channels have given it a cold burial, but still for the common man to be on the ground when a football match is taking place is sheer elixir which can only be understood if one travels to Goa in rain soaked months of June or July or to Kolkata in December and January.
The whole idea of comparison of STAND BY with INVICTUS, factoring in the present political situation that the country is going through is to use the sports as the channel vehicle, a film being the catalyst to motivate the youth to work for their goals in life. One does not dispute that the life is indeed a match with all kinds of turns and moves, most of them unanticipated, but if a mentality of a sportsperson is inculcated, it could help to traverse these turns with aplomb, and STAND BY, one hope would be able to achieve it.