August 23, 2011 12:31:38 PM IST Abid, Glamsham Editorial
It can certainly be termed as a pleasant coincidence that soccer superstar Lionel Messi is all set to arrive in Kolkata just four days after the release of STAND BY, a much anticipated power packed thriller on the game of soccer, and it's prevalent dire condition in India. The release of STAND BY and the arrival of Messi along with the Argentina team would indeed prove a double bonanza for all soccer fans.
The film which releases on 26th August is a first of its kind in present times as it deals with a game that is loved and worshipped world over and naturally is a gift for all soccer fans as it deals with the lives of two friends whose only passion is football and how the game changes their course of life due to dirty politics.
Through STAND BY, the director has tried to show that football is much more than just a sport, it's a passion, a way of life, to be played with pride and honor, heart and honesty, skill and beauty. And no wonder the four times national award winning director, Sanjay Surkar, is elated that soccer star Lionel Messi will be arriving in Kolkata on 30th August along with the Argentinean team.
Says, Sanjay, "I am thrilled that Messi is coming to India around the time when STAND BY would be playing in the theaters, I wish we could make him watch the film. It would be a huge inspiration for the soccer stars in our country who have actually dedicated their lives to football without any support from the authorities."
Well, we have news from reliable sources that Messi and team would be staying in Kolkata for almost four days, and on September 2 they would be taking part in a FIFA friendly match and some charity events, and we are pretty sure that Messi would surely agree to watch STAND BY, a stand out Bollywood flick on about his passion.