Indians are passionate about cricket. Am also sure you must've encountered a number of cricket fanatics over the years. Most film-makers dread to release their films during crucial matches, fearing that a sizable chunk of moviegoers would prefer to watch a match than a movie.
This year, we've had Victory [Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao] and Dil Bole Hadippa [Rani Mukherji, Shahid Kapoor] focusing on this popular sport. Prior to that Lagaan, Iqbal and Jannat. Now World Cupp 2011. Unfortunately, World Cupp 2011 neither excites you as a cinematic experience, nor does it whip up those passions.
Ravi Kapoor essays the captain of the Indian cricket team, who tanks a match with the help of his team-mates against arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup. They are banned for four years when exposed by the media. His girl-friend Soha [Manisha Chatterjee] dumps him and his family disowns him.
Cut to 2011. Ravi is given one more chance to prove his patriotism by the coach [Suresh Oberoi]. Ravi is again approached by the same bookie [Zakir Hussain] to repeat the same performance once again, but this time he turns the offer down. His girl-friend is kidnapped. Ravi goes through a crisis before he wins the World Cup trophy.
World Cupp 2011 falls flat due to a weak script. The film tries to explore the unholy nexus between cricketers-bookies-underworld, besides the rise-fall-rise of a cricketer, but the writing is so amateurish that it doesn't hold your attention. Perhaps the intentions were right, but not the final output.
Debutante writer-director Ravi Kapoor may've borrowed from real-life, but several portions seem unpalatable. Like, for instance, the ease with which the captain of the Indian cricket team and even the umpire interact with underworld dons while the final match is in progress seems bizarre.
Talking of acting, Ravi Kapoor has screen presence, but needs to work on his acting skills. Prem Chopra, Suresh Oberoi and Zakir Hussain are passable. On the whole, World Cupp 2011 is a weak fare.