Directed by Vivek Agnihotri
Any comparison of Goal with Chak De is entirely inevitable and only too just. In fact, watching the two films in concert should be made mandatory for budding scriptwriters to understand how a similar set of cliches can make or break a film depending on how you play around with them. Goal quite blindly follows the graph of Chak De and Iqbal, for that matter any other mainstream sports film. The basic formula is simple: a bunch of underdogs post a win against all odds with help and encouragement from an unlikely coach searching for personal redemption. Here you have a totally out-of-shape team, Southall United, fighting real estate agents from taking over their football ground by proving that they can still be winners.
But does it make for engaging stuff? Most certainly not. Despite being based on such...