Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Gold sees him playing the character of Tapan Das. The man who scouts and finds the talent that would ultimately make the team that won independent India her first gold medal at the Olympics. While the film is a fictional story based on true events, it is yet to be seen how much the filmmakers have taken from the real story to make this sports drama.
Akshay described Das as his ‘quirkiest character ever’ in a tweet with the video. The two-minute clip documents everything from the team coming up with Das’ look to his accent. “We had him wear a dhoti, gave him a moustache and a new hairdo,” says Akshay in the video.
My quirkiest character ever! Here’s how we made him: https://t.co/L90LG9gT4s#MakingofTapanDas@excelmovies @kagtireema @FarOutAkhtar @ritesh_sid @Roymouni @kapoorkkunal @TheAmitSadh @ItsVineetSingh @SunnyK0
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 23, 2018
Independent India’s first gold medal came from a field hockey team where the Indian team defeated Great Britain in the finals. Tapan Das, played by Akshay Kumar, seems roughly inspired by the man who is still regarded as the man who started the Olympic movement in India, Moin-ul-Haq.
From the trailer of Gold, it looks like Akshay Kumar’s character shares the same passion for sports that ultimately led to India winning its first Gold medal. Gold also stars Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh among others. Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold releases on August 15.