Victory is the story of the rise, fall and resurrection of a rustic cricketer. With real time international cricketers in the film, the narration gets its authenticity even while showing some off-the-stadium goings-on.
Vijay Shekawat (Hurman Baweja) is a rustic boy from Jaisalmer with lot of talent for cricket. In spite of the manipulations of team selection, he gets a chance to play in Team India through the good offices of the coach (Dilip Tahil).
Very soon Vijay is on top of the world. His rise to fame distances him from his principled father (Anupam Kher) and his best friend (Amrita Rao).
Off the field, Vijay goes for partying and generally enjoying the perks of fame. A sponsorship agent (Gulshan Grover) signs a commercial contract with him for Ads. With loads of money, he neglects cricket and is dropped from the team. This mighty fall gives a paralytic stroke to his father. Egged on by his girl friend, he concentrates on his game and regains his place in Team India. His participation in the Champions League leads to the climax
Hurman Baweja comes out with a decent performance. Amrita Rao is her confident self. Anupam Kher and Dilip Tahil are credible and creditable in their respective roles. Gulshan Grover as the sponsorship agent presents sophisticated villainy.
The story suffers from predictability. Though the presentation is good, the narration is hit by dull moments.
The screenplay is too homogenous to be gripping. Though there are some interesting moments, the scenes are not well-knit.The director on his debut has taken a genre that has not been fully established in Indian cinema, but done a neat job given the limitations. Camera work is good and the editing could have been better. The music is uninspiring. A couple of songs could have easily been scissored. Had the film been about 20 minutes shorter, it could have been crisper and more interesting.
Belonging to the genre of sports-based film and involving real time international cricketers, Victory is watchable, though the total entertainment quotient is mildly questionable.
The Cast and Crew
Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Dalip Tahil, Brett Lee, Mike Hussey, Simon Katich, Stuart Clarke, Brad Hogg, Brad Haddin, Allan Border, Michael Slater, Dean Jones, Shoaib Mallik, Suhail Tanvir, Rao Iftekhar, Kamran Akmal, Waquar Yunus, Sanath Jayasurya, Chaminda Vaas, Kumara Sangakkara, Muthaiah Murlitharan, Mahroof, Fernando, Ajantha Mendes, Graeme Smith, Andre Nel, A. Morkel, M. Morkel, Pat Symcox, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, R. P. Singh, Praveen Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Ramesh Powar, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Maninder Singh, Atul Wassan, Martin Crowe
Music: Anu Malik
Cinematography: Vikas Shivraman
Producers: Manmohan Shetty, Ajitpal Mangat
Banners: Walkwater Media, Victory Moving Pictures
Director: Ajitpal Mangat
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar