Akshay Kumar’s latest movie ‘Gold’ is inspired by the life of a real-life Legend, Kishan Lal. Kishan Lal was an Indian Hockey player and team captain. The movie is about the legendary hockey player and his glorious victory in 1948 when Indian won gold for the first time as an independent country. Kishan Lal is said to be the greatest right winger in the history of Hockey. His life was no less than a roller coaster ride. Read his full real-life story here:
In the movie ‘Gold’ Akshay Kumar’s character name is Tapan Das who is inspired by Kishan Lal. He was the captain at the time Indian Hockey Team entered the Olympics in 1948 in London. He impressed the world with his amazing ability to play hockey. Kishan Lal is widely famous for being the fastest player in wing position.
The legendary hockey player was born in Mhow on 2nd of February 1917. He developed his passion for playing at an early age of 14 years and started playing officially in teams since the age of 16 Years. He represented Mhow Heroes, Kalyanmal Mills and also played along with Dhyan Chand in Jhansi who is known as the ‘God Of Hockey’.
Afterward, he joined BB and CI railways which are now known as the Western Railway. He played in several tournaments and continued making India proud. In the year 1947, he was chosen as second in command to Dhyan Chand when they were going on a tour of East Africa. Later that year, in 1948, he was chosen as the captain of Indian hockey team when India was entering in Olympics.
In 1948, India won ‘Gold’ in Olympics for hockey for the first time as an independent country. This was the greatest moment in the history of hockey.
Kishan Lal was awarded Padmashri by Sarvapalli Radhakrishna in 1966. Unfortunately, India lost its greatest hockey gem unexpectedly in 1980 in Madras in a tournament where Kishan Lal was supposed to be an expert commentator.
The death of this legendary hockey player was mourned by many. He is still remembered as a respectful and true legend. Kishan Lal was cremated at the Mumbai Situated Sion Crematorium.