STAND BY: a relook at football through the eyes of Hindi cinema

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Coinciding with the visit of the Messi, a cult player of the present times from Argentina to India, STAND BY is releasing at the opportune time. Time is opportune as football as sports in the country has started getting some serious attention, manifest from the fact that a new football league is in offer, and the mauling that the Indian cricket team has got in England, should once again shift back the focus to football. And a sports is popularized in the best possible way through the medium of motion pictures, therefore the release of STAND BY is indeed timely.

In the recent past there have been spate of films based on different genre of sports but the successful have been those which have not relied on the star quotient to sell the product, rather they have backed themselves through the quality of content on offer, and STAND BY seems to be following in the leak as it does not have any mainstream actor or a recognizable star in the film. Advantage of this choice by STAND BY makers lies in the fact that it would help the characters to emerge and contribute to development of the film. 

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STAND BY is again a story of the murky business, sports as a genre has gravitated to and is a telling comment on the manner in which the office bearers run the show. Coming at a time when an attempt is being made by the government to cleanse the sports organizations of the country, STAND BY could have some answers. The premise is being forwarded as STAND BY has been directed by Sanjay Surkar, who is four times National Award winning director. 

Sanjay Surkar is one of the most prominent directors of Marathi cinema who has directed films like SAATCHYA AAT GHARAT, AAPLI MANSE, CHAUKAT RAJA and SUKHAANT. Each of his films has focused on different aspects of social life and one only hope that the kind of penetrative outreach that he has, STAND BY would also get the same endorsement by the fans as his earlier films have been. 

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The film has been situated in Mumbai, Mecca of club football, and as Kanga League is already under way, STAND BY should get a standing approval from the fans of football in particular and of sports in general.

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