Critic Rating – 2.5/5
Star Cast – Adinath Kothare, Siddharth Kher, Avtar Gill, Dalip Tahil, Manish Chaudhary, Nagesh Bhosle, Reema Worah, Sachin Khedekar, Surendra Pal.
Director – Sanjay Surkar
Producer – Prakash Choube / Sagar Choube
Music Director – Aadesh Shrivastav
DOP – Sanjay Jadhav
Genre – Drama, Sports
Sports are an integral part of our life because it is not just about relaxation but also about team work and unity. People love different kind of sports that they think is the best. Over past many years, directors have decided to come up with sports oriented movies and Stand By falls in the same category focusing more on things that go around in the sports rather than the sport itself. Directed by Sanjay Surkar, Standy By is an average sports drama movie that you can watch out this weekend. The movie stars Adinath Kothare, Siddharth Kher, Avtar Gill, Dalip Tahil, Manish Chaudhary, Nagesh Bhosle, Reema Worah, Sachin Khedekar, Surendra Pal. Let’s take a quick look at the plot first.
The movie revolves around football and two players Rahul (Adinath) and Shekhar (Siddharth) both players share two things common. They both play from Maharashtra and they both have exceptional passion for the game which makes them one of the best players in the team. They also share a common dream which is to represent India in international football matches. Eventually, their passion for the game and dedication offers them with the opportunity to play for India but things go wrong when Shekhar who is a son of influential industrialist J. P. Verma (Dalip Tahil) does not get selected for the team India. The rich industrialist tries all his contacts and adds Shekhar to the team as Stand by striker hoping that some of the player might get injured during the play and Shekhar will get an opportunity. What follows next is all about dirty politics that can surprise you.
On the performance level, there is nothing much to expect but still the performances are not too bad. Siddharth was seen earlier in Teen Patti where he showed that he can act but the script of this movie does not offer him much scope to experiment. However, on the other end, Adinath gets better role and he makes sure that viewers feel all his emotions right to the core. Among so many actors, Sachin Khedekar stands out as the best performance and keeps you on the seat. Manish Chaudhary is good as a coach and better performances are expected from him in the future. Technically, the movie does well and camera work by Sanjay Jadhva is good.
Stand By reminds us of various sports oriented movie in the past like Saheb, Goal, Lahore and Chak De India which are also very sports oriented. However, the story is very different here and that is the selling point of this movie. The director and the story writer Pravin Tarde has come up with decent script that engages you. However, there are some bad points as well which might not let the movie work the way it should. Sanjay Surkar should have taken into consideration that such sports oriented movies should not have item numbers and too many songs which interrupt the flow of the movie. Item song by Yana Gupta and other songs are forced in to the plot unnecessarily which will bore the audiences. The love story between the characters doesn’t make any sense and was not required for the plot. The music by Aadesh Shrivastav is mediocre and makes you yawn immediately.
To conclude, Standy By is certainly entertaining if you are a football fan. The script is good and keeps you on the seat. No doubt, Sanjay Surkar is an excellent director but too many hiccups in the movie will surely put this movie on Stand By and eventually out of the stadium.