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The Independent (UK) reported about success of the movie EGARO


Football scores at the box office in cricket-mad India
By Andrew Buncombe in Delhi
Monday, 7 March 2011

Could a new film about one of India's most remarkable sporting encounters help to spread the popularity of football in a country renowned for its obsession with cricket?

One hundred years ago, a team of barefoot Indians from the city of Kolkata defeated a properly equipped squad of British soldiers from the East Yorkshire Regiment and won a national cup. Popular belief – though not the historical record – has it that such was the anger and embarrassment felt by the defeated British establishment that it was the final straw that made them decide to shift the imperial capital to Delhi.

Now, after five years of work by first-time director Arun Roy, a film about the football match between the regimental team and Kolkata side Mohun Bagan has been released. Already it has been showing to packed houses in West Bengal and the production team is currently finishing work to dub a soundtrack into Hindi. Roy's hope is that when audiences in other parts of the country go to see Egaro, or "The Eleven", people will be so inspired by the Indian team's 2-1 victory over the dastardly British that they will become fans of the game.

The popularity of football has steadily been growing in India, especially among the urban middle classes, who often follow teams from Europe and the English Premier League. One recent report said research by India's TAM Media had found that between 2005 and 2010, the viewing interest in football increased by 60 per cent and advertising volumes doubled. The same research suggested urban India now had 120 million cricket viewers and 83 million who watched football.

Along with Kerala and the north-east of India, West Bengal is one of the places where football has always had a popularity that matched cricket's, and Mohun Bagan has always had one of the most loyal and vociferous of followings. Established in 1889, it is one of the oldest teams in Asia and draws its support from across the state of West Bengal.

Today, its fiercest rivals are East Bengal, who are also based in Kolkata. But the team's most famous victory was that over the British regiment to secure the Indian Football Association (IFA) Shield. Of its players that day, only one had football boots. "Every fan of Mohun Bagan knows about this game. It was a moment in history," said Saikat Bose, a member of the official supporters' club.

The unexpected defeat of the British team had all the more significance given then-recent historical events. Just six years earlier, the British authorities had engineered the deeply unpopular partition of Bengal into east and west. In 1908, the British had executed an 18-year-old revolutionary, Khudiram Bose, for his role in a failed assassination attempt of a local magistrate.

For a people angry and frustrated, the football match was seen as both an actual and symbolic victory. Kausik Bandopadhyay, who teaches history at North Bengal University and is an expert on the social history of Bengali football, told Trans World Features: "It is clear from reports that when Mohun Bagan entered the final of the IFA Shield, signs of a great mass awakening were visible."

Priyanka Roy's great-great-grandfather Sibdas Bhaduri captained the team on that historic day. Speaking last night from Kolkata, she said: "I've not seen it yet but my mother has and she loved it. She never knew him, but she has told me all about him and his playing skills."
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  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4363 PointsU23 Olympian
    Hail Mohun Bagan!!! Hail the 1911 team!!!
  • rudrarudra 2548 PointsU23 Olympian
  • Now they make news only for all wrong reasons!!! Gone are those glorious days for Indian football
  • ashindiaashindia 4515 PointsU23 Olympian
    Are they releasing the movie through out India. ??
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4363 PointsU23 Olympian
    They are dubbing the movie in Hindi. As the report says they are currently dubbing a soundtrack. Lets see, if successful nationwide, this movie can bring a revolution in Indian Football
  • rudrarudra 2548 PointsU23 Olympian
    Now they make news only for all wrong reasons!!! Gone are those glorious days for Indian football
    Glory days will come back soon...nd we are gonna witness that <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->
  • taraktarak 0 Points
    oldest football club of ashia , 2nd oldest football club of World , The National Club of INDIA , our MOHUN BAGAN A.C.
    this is the trophy room of MOHUN BAGAN
    Name of the Tournament Year(s) of Winning Number of Times Won
    Super Cup 2006–2007, 2008–2009 2
    National League 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–2002 3
    Federation Cup 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008 13
    Durand Cup 1953, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 2000 16
    Rover’s Cup 1955, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2000–2001 14
    IFA Shield 1911, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2003 22
    Calcutta Football League 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 29
    Airlines Gold Cup 1989, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004 6
    Bordoloi Trophy 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1996, 2001 7
    DCM Trophy 1997 1
    McDowell’s Cup 1996 1
    PNB Centenary Invitational Trophy 1995 1
    Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001 9
    Sait Nagjee Cup 1978, 1981 2
    Sanghati Cup 1999 1
    Amritabazar Centenary Cup 1968 1
    Bengal Jimkhana Shield 1910, 1911, 1912 3
    Bell Cup 1934, 1935 2
    Calcutta Soccer League 1932, 1933, 1934 3
    Chandicharan Memorial Shield 1941, 1949 2
    Chandernagore Cup 1916 1
    Civil and Military League 1916 1
    Coochbehar Cup 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1916, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1962, 1972 17
    Dwarbhanga Shield 1933 1
    Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982 4
    D. N. Guin Memorial Cup 1944 1
    Gladstone Cup 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911 4
    Governor’s Shield of Hazaribag 1933 1
    Griffith Shield 1931, 1936, 1939, 1945 4
    Hazaribag Governor’s Shield 1939, 1941 2
    Jabakusum Cup 1925, 1929, 1934, 1936, 1937 5
    Jadunath Memorial Shield 1922 1
    Khagendra Memorial Shield 1917, 1918, 1938, 1940 4
    Kohinoor Shield 1941 1
    Lady Hardinge Shield 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1948 6
    Lakshmibilas Cup 1909, 1910, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941 7
    Lady Shifton’s Shield 1933 1
    Leslie Challenge Cup 1923 1
    Liberty Cup 1934 1
    Minerva Cup 1918 1
    Nawab Asanullah Challenge Shield 1910, 1911, 1912 3
    Nadia Challenge Shield 1944 1
    Park League 1937, 1939, 1940 3
    Power League 1917, 1928 2
    Power Memorial League 1942, 1948 2
    Raja Shield 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 5
    Sachin Memorial Challenge Shield 1922 1
    Shamsunder Cup 1917, 1918 2
    St. John Ambulance Cup 1917, 1918 2
    S. N. Banerjee Memorial Cup 1944 1
    Suryakanta Memorial Shield 1920 1
    Trades Cup 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1938, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1965 12
    Victory Cup 1945 1
    William Younger Cup 1936, 1937, 1949 3
    TOTAL 241

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE ONLY CLUB TO REACH FINAL OF FEDERATION CUP FOR 18 TIMES AND TO GRAB THE TITLE FOR MAXIMUM OF 13 TIMES.

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE FIRST CLUB TO WIN DURAND CUP BY A GOLDEN GOAL [AGAINST MAHINDRA UNITED, 2000].

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE ONLY CLUB TO REACH THE FINAL OF ROVER'S CUP FOR 24 TIMES AND TO GRAB THE TITLE FOR MAXIMUM OF 14 TIMES.

    MOHUN BAGAN JOINTLY SHARING THE CREDIT WITH EAST BENGAL OF GRABBING THE DURAND CUP FOR MAXIMUM OF 16 TIMES.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4363 PointsU23 Olympian
    All that history is glorious. But we need to move forward. We need to perform in International Circuits and turn professionals
  • rudrarudra 2548 PointsU23 Olympian
    oldest football club of ashia , 2nd oldest football club of World , The National Club of INDIA , our MOHUN BAGAN A.C.
    this is the trophy room of MOHUN BAGAN
    Name of the Tournament Year(s) of Winning Number of Times Won
    Super Cup 2006–2007, 2008–2009 2
    National League 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–2002 3
    Federation Cup 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008 13
    Durand Cup 1953, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 2000 16
    Rover’s Cup 1955, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2000–2001 14
    IFA Shield 1911, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2003 22
    Calcutta Football League 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 29
    Airlines Gold Cup 1989, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004 6
    Bordoloi Trophy 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1996, 2001 7
    DCM Trophy 1997 1
    McDowell’s Cup 1996 1
    PNB Centenary Invitational Trophy 1995 1
    Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001 9
    Sait Nagjee Cup 1978, 1981 2
    Sanghati Cup 1999 1
    Amritabazar Centenary Cup 1968 1
    Bengal Jimkhana Shield 1910, 1911, 1912 3
    Bell Cup 1934, 1935 2
    Calcutta Soccer League 1932, 1933, 1934 3
    Chandicharan Memorial Shield 1941, 1949 2
    Chandernagore Cup 1916 1
    Civil and Military League 1916 1
    Coochbehar Cup 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1916, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1962, 1972 17
    Dwarbhanga Shield 1933 1
    Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982 4
    D. N. Guin Memorial Cup 1944 1
    Gladstone Cup 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911 4
    Governor’s Shield of Hazaribag 1933 1
    Griffith Shield 1931, 1936, 1939, 1945 4
    Hazaribag Governor’s Shield 1939, 1941 2
    Jabakusum Cup 1925, 1929, 1934, 1936, 1937 5
    Jadunath Memorial Shield 1922 1
    Khagendra Memorial Shield 1917, 1918, 1938, 1940 4
    Kohinoor Shield 1941 1
    Lady Hardinge Shield 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1948 6
    Lakshmibilas Cup 1909, 1910, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941 7
    Lady Shifton’s Shield 1933 1
    Leslie Challenge Cup 1923 1
    Liberty Cup 1934 1
    Minerva Cup 1918 1
    Nawab Asanullah Challenge Shield 1910, 1911, 1912 3
    Nadia Challenge Shield 1944 1
    Park League 1937, 1939, 1940 3
    Power League 1917, 1928 2
    Power Memorial League 1942, 1948 2
    Raja Shield 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 5
    Sachin Memorial Challenge Shield 1922 1
    Shamsunder Cup 1917, 1918 2
    St. John Ambulance Cup 1917, 1918 2
    S. N. Banerjee Memorial Cup 1944 1
    Suryakanta Memorial Shield 1920 1
    Trades Cup 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1938, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1965 12
    Victory Cup 1945 1
    William Younger Cup 1936, 1937, 1949 3
    TOTAL 241

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE ONLY CLUB TO REACH FINAL OF FEDERATION CUP FOR 18 TIMES AND TO GRAB THE TITLE FOR MAXIMUM OF 13 TIMES.

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE FIRST CLUB TO WIN DURAND CUP BY A GOLDEN GOAL [AGAINST MAHINDRA UNITED, 2000].

    MOHUN BAGAN IS THE ONLY CLUB TO REACH THE FINAL OF ROVER'S CUP FOR 24 TIMES AND TO GRAB THE TITLE FOR MAXIMUM OF 14 TIMES.

    MOHUN BAGAN JOINTLY SHARING THE CREDIT WITH EAST BENGAL OF GRABBING THE DURAND CUP FOR MAXIMUM OF 16 TIMES.

    Tarak, Like you I am also proud about our achievements but if we can't win I league soon then people will soon forget all these....We need to pressurize the officials to make a balanced and sensible team...
  • taraktarak 0 Points
    All that history is glorious. But we need to move forward. We need to perform in International Circuits and turn professionals
    den try to change AIFF s point of view first. is it a professinal league ?????? No sponsor ? match started from 1.45 pm ? no telecst ? reffring qualities r too bad .. ar first AIFF sud be professional ( far from political ).
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