The Akshay Kumar starrer will release on Independence Day.

The period sports movie Gold starring Akshay Kumar has released a first look of the actor in the movie. Sports movies have been a hit since the release of Dangal last December, and Gold is a biopic on the life of Balbir Singh and revolves around an old bit of Indian Olympic glory – the first hockey gold that India won as an independent nation at the London Olympics against former colonial masters Great Britain. Gold also features Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Reema Kagti and television star Mouni Roy. Roy is making her debut with this film, and there is no doubt that this is a big break for the actress. It has been only a day since she got back from her vacations in Chicago, which admittedly gave her “the worst jet lag” as she complained on Twitter, but she is scheduled to start shooting for a period of 20-25 days starting tomorrow. “Mouni will be seen in a completely different avatar to suit the era. She will film for 20-25 days in August and is one of the few female characters in the otherwise male dominated narrative. She will be shooting extensively with Akshay,” a source was quoted as saying. The shooting is happening in London, as we know from producer Ritesh Sidhwani who tweeted on July 1, “#Gold on the field tom all the best @akshaykumar @kagtireema @Roymouni @kapoorkkunal @TheAmitSadh.” Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor also play critical roles in the movie, and are said to be already in London and training for the sport.

The film is directed Zoya Akhtar, and the film got a message of luck from Zoya’s brother Farhan when he tweeted “All the best team Gold. #firstdayofshoot @kagtireema @akshaykumar @TheAmitSadh @kapoorkkunal @Roymouni #sunnykaushal #cast&crew.” To this Mouni Roy replied, “Thank you sir.” Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment is producing the movie. The movie’s release is set for Independence Day this year.