In recently held Dubai premier, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal didn't enjoy a standing ovation. But instead of being disappointed, director Vivek Agnihotri is a happy man.
"That's because the audience were left stationed on their seats even as end credits started rolling. There was a pin drop silence as the movie came to an end after the thrilling 20 minutes finale", explains Vivek, "It was after around a minute that they started gathering themselves and congratulatory comments started flowing."
"It will be pompous on my part to rave about the reactions people had there but one compliment which would remain closest to my heart forever is the one which came from a 80 year old Pakistani man", says an emotional Vivek, "He said that the film had succeeded in achieving what politicians across borders haven't been able to do when it comes to international integration."
Those who have seen the film by now would know that while Arshad Warsi is shown as a man with Pakistani roots, John Abraham's character is shown as an Indian by origin while there is a Bangladeshi migrant as well. All of these along with men from these three nationalities are shown to be a part of Southall United all-Asian football club.
"The way people from different nationalities come together and play for their honor has touched the chord. I am happy that the message of unity and integrity has gone across to the audience. A few critics may have missed the point but it is heartening to see that the paying public has hailed the effort", continues Vivek.
The film has taken a good start all over. Did Vivek really anticipate this?
"I won't bluff that we were presenting a blockbuster like Lagaan or an Om Shanti Om to the audience. Still the film has not just opened beyond our expectations but even carrying very good word of mouth. As I said earlier, we were underplaying the film and wanted audience to decide by themselves. The conviction shown by Ronnie (Screwala) and the entire team behind Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal has worked", concludes Vivek.