Standby (2011) Movie Preview
BRC Productions presents upcoming film STAND BY, produced by Prakash Choube. Directed by four time National award winner Sanjay Surkar, the film stars Adinath Kothare, Siddharth Kher, Sachin Khedekar, Dalip Tahil, Manish Chaudhary, Nagesh Bhosle, Reema Worah, Avtaar Gill, Surendra Pal, Hazel Crowney, Rahul Narvekar, Shekhar Verma.
The music of the film is composed by Aadesh Shrivastav and lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.
STAND BY is all set to hit the screens on 19th August 2011.
Synopis:STANDBY is the story of Rahul Narvekar and Shekhar Verma, thick friends who are football players from Maharashtra. They share a common passion, Football but they are from entirely contrasting backgrounds. It is their heart’s desire to represent India one day on the international stage. They get a golden opportunity to fulfill their dream when Maharashtra wins the prestigious Santosh trophy after more than a decade.
But things take an ugly turn as Shekhar, the son of an influential industrialist, JP Verma and the captain of Maharashtra team is not selected in the Indian Football team. The selection committee chairman, Shrivastav, who is under the influence of JP Verma and the Federation President selects Shekhar as a standby striker with a hope of getting him in the team by removing one of the four strikers originally selected.
What follows is a dirty game of cheap politics that has marred our sports administration for years and never allowed the sport to develop thereby ruining lives of young and talented sportsmen and the lovely sport of football in our country.
The story is about two friends whose only passion is football and how their lives change as this beautiful game turns ugly and the fate of footballers is no longer decided on the ground.
The film delves deep to explore facets of human relationships- What happens when one man’s passion becomes the other man’s obsession? It’s a tale of friendship… passion… glory… betrayal… revenge…. when merit is suppressed there has to be an obvious backlash which tears apart the social fabric.
Football which is celebrated world over as the most beautiful game has a dismal story to tell in our country. Here it has been dirtied, sullied and made ugly by a few individuals for their own gains and lofty egos. Thus, leading to the destruction of the sport, sportsmanship and the lives of sportsmen. We have tried to put forth a basic moot point- Football is not just a sport, it’s a passion, it’s a way of life so play it with pride & honor, with heart & honesty, with skill & beauty.
RAHUL NARVEKAR: Hails from a very humble background, brought up by his father, Damodar Narvekar after his mother’s death. Rahul a level headed boy has inherited the passion for football from his father, who trained him to become an excellent footballer. His existence revolves around his love for the sport. He is an excellent footballer with great dribbling abilities and a keen eye for goal. He plays as a striker for the Maharashtra team and has earned his fame through great performance over the years. He dreams to play for India and fulfill an ambition his father could not pursue because of family problems…But every dream comes at a price…What price will he have to pay to fulfill his dream…???
DAMODAR NARVEKAR: An ex- footballer who now lives a life of anonymity and works in a small co-operative bank representing the plight of several sportsmen in the country. Like every sportsman, he is a fighter and dreams big for his son, Rahul. His only dream in life is to watch his son play for India some day; an ambition he himself could not pursue due to adverse circumstances. He has worked hard on his son and believes in his talent. He is determined that his son would realize his dreams soon. If only dreams were so easily fulfilled..??
SHEKHAR VERMA: The only child of an influential industrialist Jayprakash Verma; Shekhar has always got what he wanted since childhood. Growing up he developed a liking for football and pursued it passionately. Over the years his passion for the game grew as against skills. His father supported him wholeheartedly and despite being a mediocre footballer he not only got selected in the Maharashtra team but also became the captain of the team. He now dreams of being in the Indian team while his father has fielded all is men in the federation to do the job…
JAYPRAKASH VERMA: A rich, influential industrialist with the right contacts in the corridor of power. A businessman by mind, he has always thought that everything can be traded. He loves his son to no end and can do anything to make him happy. With his influence he has got his son; a mediocre footballer; to be the captain of the Maharashtra football team. His son, fuelled by his ambition wants to be in the Indian team now…JP Verma knows that mere skill cannot get him there.. But he knows that money can…So he has fielded all his pawns…
JOHN WILLIAMS: He is the newly appointed coach of the Indian Football team. An upright, honest and hard working man, John is not only a good human being but also an excellent footballer of his time. Having retired after not being able to achieve international recognition due lack of opportunities and proper support from the managing authorities, he has now come back to help the national team. Under John’s aegis the team is geared to perform to its potential and achieve the magnitude that the team of his playing days could not achieve But…will he be able to do what he wants to do without facing opposition?
SHRIVASTAV: A shrewd bureaucrat who heads the selection committee for the Indian national football team. He is the right hand man of the football federation President Tiwari and Jayprakash Verma. Shrivastav knows how to bend rules and regulations to carry favours from the rich and powerful of the society. He knows the power of money and uses it well to his advantage. But what will he do when money cannot buy what he wants..??
SATAM: As the coach of the Maharashtra football team, Satam has worked very hard to bring his team to the upper echelons of state football. He wants football to become a popular sport in the country and works towards it. Unfortunately he is also under the influence of JP Verma and favours Shekhar over a more talented Rahul. Little does he know that this favouritism will make him play a game which is entirely different from football.
TIWARI: A corrupt politician who heads the Football Federation of India; Tiwari knows little or nothing about the sport. He had headed the federation for years without doing much for the sport or the sportsmen. Being a politician, he has certainly played politics. When the time comes to select the Indian team, he begins playing his game and forgets about the devastation that would follow.