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Sons Of The Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers Review: Not Just The Game, The Spirit Makes This Documentary Special That Showcases Abhishek Bachchan And His Boys

Son Of The Soil, Jaipur Pink Panthers review is out! The documentary revolves around Abhishek Bachchan and his Kabaddi boys. Showcases how not just the game, the spirit makes this documentary special

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Sons Of The Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers Review: Not Just The  Game, The Spirit Makes This Documentary Special That Showcases Abhishek Bachchan And His Boys

I had the privilege of once watching a  game of kabaddi by Abhishek Bachchan’s team. He was in Patna and he invited my family and friends. I went only because  I didn’t want  Abhishek to feel bad. The game was a revelation. The Bachchan boys played kabaddi with infectious enthusiasm. By the end of the game, we were out of our seats cheering.

Thanks to Abhishek the game of kabaddi has gone from the akaadha to the stadium.  It would be no exaggeration and no trivialization either, to say Abhishek glammed-up the game, gave it the much needed elitist boost, elevated its status from the grassroots to the upper echelons. And all this without undercutting the game’s inherent rawness.

 This  5-part  docu-series takes us on a journey with the  Pink Panthers across  India as they travel and play in tournaments, not always triumphantly, but heck, watching the boys in their spirited avatar is to be reminded that cricket is not the be-all-end-all to the sporting spirit in India.

We see the Pink Panthers practising on the field. We also see them in their locker-room chats and best of all at home being pampered by their entire family. One player takes us on a flash tour of his new home as he proudly shows his shiny washing machine, refrigerator and mixer. Another player’s mother does an oil massage of his head asking about how Abhishek takes care of him.

“Maybe he will arrange your marriage,” Mataji giggles. The conversations about kabaddi are nicely balanced with the players’ home life. Abhishek  Bachchan who serves as a narrator could have been a little more relaxed to go with the informal setting of the game. Also, he could have shared more anecdotes on his team players,  their dreams, desires, fears,  love life.

All we see is the players as kabaddi enthusiasts. In that capacity, they come off with flying colours in this sharply-cut documentary which travels from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad to Patna in search of an answer to the question of an eternal quest. What makes a man (or a woman) so keenly devoted to a game that outwardly looks like a bunch of boys bullying each other down to the ground?

Image source: instagram/bachchan,youtube/AmazonprimevideoIndia

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