Hindi cinema is truly evolving. Pratically every month there is a film with a fresh/innovative subject being released and this March will be no different when 'Hat Trick' arrives. Directed by Milan Luthria who gave a delightful 'Taxi No. 9211' last year, 'Hat Trick' is a UTV production.
As per the makers of the film, 'HAT TRICK' is a story of the triumph of the human spirit. There are 4 stories that come from different slices of life, in different parts of the world, each of which reach a crescendo, and each of which need the protagonist to pull out a magic trick from the hat.
Because it will make the difference between winning and losing...
The four stories are all connected with World Cup Cricket, 2007. Using the tournament as a sensational and poignant backdrop, and the fictionalized fortunes of the Indian Cricket Team in the tournament, "HAT TRICK!" takes a tangy look at what happens to five sets of lives during the span of the tournament. Yes, five. The fifth being the journey of the Indian Cricket team in its quest for the Cup.
Hat-trick opens with stories at the onset of Cricket World Cup 2007 and finishes with their triumph which is simultaneous with Indian team's triumph in the World Cup. As the Indian team moves ahead in the World Cup, the characters in the story journey through their lives, realize their faults and correct them to finally turn out winners.
Madhav Anna [Nana Patekar] and Dr. Satyajeet Chavan [Danny Denzongpa]
Madhav Anna is an ex-cricketer - a legendary leg spinner. He has devoted his life to cricket. He is forever happy and lives every moment of his life with élan. Unfortunately, owing to his ill health he has to be admitted to a hospital for treatment. Being admitted to a hospital is not unfortunate; it is being under the observation of Dr. Satyajeet Chavan that is going to be fateful for him. Simply because Dr. Satyajeet HATES the mention of the word 'cricket' and he will be devoid of watching world cup matches in the hospital.
But as it turns out, in treating Madhav Anna, Dr. Satyajeet's gets cured of a life swallowing disease - of bitterness, hostility and pessimism. Dr. Satyajeet is able to rekindle his love for his wife, Surekha, loosen control over his adolescent son Mihir, in the process gaining confidence in their relationship. Having Madhav Anna is a life changing experience for Dr. Satyajeet, so much so, that when Madhav Anna refuses to go for an operation before watching India win the World Cup finals, Dr. Satyajeet goes to lengths he couldn't have imagined. Madhav finally survives a difficult operation and Dr. Satyajeet learns to live again.
Hemu Patel [Paresh Rawal]
On the other side of the planet - LONDON - is modest family of three - Hemu Patel, his wife Priya Patel and his erratic daughter Natasha aka Nattie Patel. Hemu's story is about transformation from pretense, hypocrisy and faking style to being stylish by acknowledging ones own strengths.
Hemu Patel is a huge fan of cricket and never misses to watch a match in the local pub along with his friends from the ghetto. He is quite a charm in his group because of his mimicry talent and influential position he claims to have. In truth, he is a janitor at the Heathrow Airport. He has been living in London with his family for past 16 years as an illegal immigrant. His pre-occupation is with getting a British Citizenship that can solve their financial and security worries.
And Hemu is willing to go to any extent to get it. Things get tougher for him because the citizenship officer in-charge of his case, Mr. Cook, is able to correctly gauge that Hemu fakes his patriotism for England. But Hemu believes he is a victim of racism. He is not able to see that he is himself a racist. Having