Breakaway (2011 film)
|Directed by||Robert Lieberman|
|Produced by||Akshay Kumar
|Screenplay by||Roberts Gannaway
|Story by||Tony Graig
|Music by||Paul Intson
|Edited by||Susan Shipton|
Hari Om Productions
|Distributed by||Hari Om Productions|
Breakaway is a 2011 Canadian sports-comedy film directed by Robert Lieberman, and produced by Akshay Kumar and Paul Gross. The film stars debutant Vinay Virmani opposite Camilla Belle, with Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and Anupam Kher in pivotal roles. It also features Drake and Ludacris in cameo roles.
The film was released on 23 September 2011 and received negative reviews, failing to sell tickets in the Indian market. It was released in two languages (English and Punjabi) and later dubbed into Hindi.
Breakaway, or Speedy Singhs (the Hindi version of the movie), is the story of Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani), a young and dedicated teenager who gave up college halfway through due to his lack of interest, one of the many conflicts between him and his father Darvesh. Rajveer and Darvesh had never gotten along; though the family is Sikh, due to a childhood incident, Rajveer has taken his turban off since a very small age. Rajveer still meets up with his Sikh friends, and when they get the time, they play hockey as a hobby. One day, while practising hockey, a few players on the Hammerheads insult the Singhs, and Rajveer and his friends beat the other players at hockey. Realizing how good they are, Rajveer decides to make a hockey team with his friends.
His father completely disagrees with this, and forbids him to ever play hockey again. Unwilling to take the sorrow, his friends convince him to join the team, and all together, they name their team, "Speedy Singhs". The Speedy Singhs turn out to be a huge commercial success, but they need to get into the Hyundai Cup championship to earn real fame, so using the help of Coach Dan Winters (Rob Lowe), they all start practicing day and night for the tournament. Rajveer lies to his family by telling them he is working extra at his job, but never has the courage to tell them that he plays in his own hockey team. The tournament begins, and during the first match Rajveer is caught by his businessman uncle, Sammy (Gurpreet Ghuggi). Sammy promises not to tell Darvesh, and so goes on the tournament with Speedy Singhs.
Whilst playing, Rajveer falls in love with Dan Winters' little sister, Melissa (Camilla Belle). The two love each other, and keep on meeting. A night before the hockey finals, Rajveer lies to his father and says he is going to New York for a job delivery, though his father spots him playing hockey in the semi-finals. When a night out celebrating with the team ends poorly, Raj winds up arguing with his father, losing his position as captain after arguing with the coach, and quitting the team. Though the Speedy Singhs make it to the finals against the Hammerheads without Raj, Melissa reveals that the Speedy Singhs must wear helmets, which they cannot do unless they remove their turbans. Inspired by the story of why Sikh men wear turbans, Raj obtains special helmets that will accommodate the team's turbans and pays for the legal fees to allow the special helmets. He apologizes to Dan and the Speedy Singhs for his selfishness and they accept him back.
The day of the finals coincides with Raj's cousin Sonu's wedding, which many of the Speedy Singhs are attending. When Sonu thanks all the guests, he brings up how the Speedy Singhs have become a source of pride for the community and encourages everyone to attend the finals. Rajveer explains his passion about hockey to his father. Though still angry, Darvesh lets him go but refuses to go to the game. The Speedy Singhs do well in the game until the Hammerheads tie the game at the end of the third period, forcing overtime. Darvesh, after listening to the game at the temple, arrives at the arena to show his support. Rajveer, with his father's acceptance, makes the winning goal and the Speedy Singhs win the game and later on hugs Darvesh in the rink.
- Vinay Virmani as Rajveer Singh
- Camilla Belle as Melissa Winters
- Russell Peters as Sonu Gill
- Anupam Kher as Darvesh Singh
- Rob Lowe as Coach Dan Winters
- Gurpreet Ghuggi as Uncle Sammy
- Sakina Jaffrey as Livleen Singh
- Noureen DeWulf as Reena
- Ali Mukaddam as Inderjit Singh
- Navi Dhanoa as Officer Diaz
Special appearances (in alphabetical order);
- Akshay Kumar in song "Shera Di Kaum"
- Drake as Himself in club scene
- Ludacris as Himself in song "Shera Di Kaum"
- Lilly Singh as Bhangra Dancer in wedding scene
|Breakaway / Speedy Singhs|
|Soundtrack album by Sandeep Chowta|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The head of Columbia Records India, Sandeep Chowta composed the music for Breakaway. Including special features by RDB, Jassi Sidhu, Rishi Rich Productions, Bohemia, J.Hind, Ludacris, Sukshinder Shinda, Jazzy B and Malkit Singh.
|1.||"Shera Di Kaum"||RDB ft Ludacris||3:50|
|2.||"Ne Aaja Veh"||Veronica ft H-Dhami||3:25|
|4.||"Veer Ji Viyohn"||Jassi Sidhu||3:35|
|5.||"Chaddi Wale Yaar"||Josh||3:42|
|6.||"Rail Gaddie"||Jassi Sidhu||3:45|
|7.||"Chaddi Wale Yaar (International Mix)"||Josh||4:00|
|8.||"Sansar"||RDB ft J.Hind||2:30|
The film was dubbed into Hindi and retitled as Speedy Singhs, but opened to mostly negative reviews from Indian critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama rated it as 1.5 out of 5 and said "Speedy Singhs fails to deliver!" Komal Nahta gave it 1 out of 5 stars and claimed "If you want to watch a disaster version of Chak De! India, definitely watch Speedy Singhs!"
At the box office, the film opened poorly and subsequently failed to pick up over the weekend. The film then faced a further drop throughout the next few days worldwide, and was declared a "disaster" by Box Office India.
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