Akshay Kumar's latest film, Gold, opened well at the box office with Rs 25.25 crore in his kitty. The film was praised for the passion with which it tells one of the most famous Indian sports victories: our first Olympic gold medal as an independent country. The fact that he was won in hockey, the national game of India, made him sweeter. The story tells the team's journey from 1933 to 1948. A key role is Akshay Kumar in the role of Tapan Das. However, who was Tapan? The Akshay character, we now know, is inspired by the legendary Indian hockey player Kishan Lal.
Akshay Kumar plays the lead role in Gold, a film by Reema Kagti on the first gold medal in India at the Olympics.
In a previous interview, producer Ritesh Sidhwani said that the character is fictitious but is inspired by the story of Kishan Lal, considered one of the greatest hits of the game.
The story of Kishan is legend. Born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, he was a young boy who grew up watching the game of the Nawabs, Polo. Far from being able to play, simply by watching him instill in young Kishan the love of sport. Soon it will collect not the mallet but the hockey stick.
Practically like Kishan, Taka from Akshay Kumar finds a team that has lost its best player after many of the best players in British India have opted to go to Pakistan. In the trailer, he says: "We have dreamed of playing for a free India, India is really free, but there is no team left."
The Indian team that participated in the 1948 London Games was completely new, and no player had any previous experience at the Olympics.
However, what this team has achieved has gone beyond anyone's imagination. They beat the following teams with the following scores: India beat Austria for 8-0, Argentina for 9-1, Spain 2-0 and Holland for 2-1. However, the sweetest moment was when in the final, India beat Britain in a 4-0 thriller, including the one on their home ground in London.
Kishan Lal was the captain of this gold winning team. The best thing is that Kishan was praised for his efforts and rewarded Padma Shri of then India president Dr S Radhakrishnan.
However, the character of Akshay Tapan plays the role of junior manager of the team. To play a Bengali in the film, Akshay trained with a language teacher.
Kishan Lal, a legend of hockey during his life and a mentor to many, remained in contact with the team until his death on June 22, 1980. He died while covering the Hockey Tournament Murruguppa Gold Cup as a commentator for Doordarshan.  Follow @htshowbiz for more
First release: August 16, 2018 16:55 IST