Thursday, August 30, 2007
Southall United Football Club is facing its deepest crisis ever. Bankrupt, with no stars, no coach, no sponsors, no takers, no spectators and most importantly no owner. After the city council sends an eviction notice, it"s the last chance to save the ground, the club and their honor. Now, Southall United must win the Combined Counties Football League in their otherwise last season. One man's dream takes the team on a remarkable journey in this football-themed drama. Shaan (Arshad Warsi) takes up the challenge to save the club from extinction. After a disesteemed ex-player, Tony Singh (Boman Irani) joins them as the coach, in spite of the being sniggered, and laughed at, he and Shaan, work to gather the worn out team. Its hard work as they approach their first game.
Sunny Bhasin (John Abraham) dreams to play for England crashes after his club does not select him. The reason is apparently not his game but the color of his skin. Sunny himself had always laughed at his own community and Southall United. Sunny and Shaan could not ever see eye to eye. Adding to their personal chaos is Shaan"s cousin sister Rumana (Bipasha Basu) who is in love with Sunny. Tony manages to convince Sunny to play for Southall United. It takes a while before Shaan and the team warms up to Sunny. With Sunny joining Southall United the team gradually starts climbing the points tally. The city council is worried.
The only goal that the pragmatic Sunny has is winning- with all of the material perks and fame that he can acquire. He is more interested in being noticed himself, than Southall United winning the cup. Johny Bakshi (Dalip Tahil) a commentator and a frontman of the council, plan to lure Sunny away from Southall United. Sunny will need to sacrifices everything he believed in for something which he never believed. His love for Rumana, his relationship with his father and his life are at stake.
Set within this is a contemporary story of the Asian community in UK told through the dynamic prism of professional sports. Competitive football only provides the action-packed backdrop, as the story takes an intimate look at a cross-section of Indians, Pakistanis and other Asians living in England.