Set to hit theaters on February 23rd, 2024, the trailer of `A Game of Two Halves,` an international sports drama tackling themes of identity and acceptance through the lens of football is finally out.
Starring Marvel`s Eternals star Saaj Raja, the film transcends the field, offering a platform for underprivileged young athletes and a poignant exploration of self-discovery. The film also stars Indian actors like `12th Fail` fame Harish Khanna and `Piku` fame Swaroopa Ghosh.
It’s a coming-of-age film that follows Sanjay, a young British student grappling with questions of belonging. Lost in the pressures of academia, he finds himself in Hyderabad, India, coaching underprivileged kids on the dusty football fields. It`s in this unexpected setting, surrounded by vibrant energy and raw talent, that Sanjay unlocks his true self.
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Director Khayam Khan states, “Growing up in multicultural Britain, I felt connected to Sanjay`s struggles. He chases acceptance through the `cool kids,` but it`s the unassuming lessons from these underprivileged youngsters that show him his true potential. The film explores the gap between who we think we are and who we truly become when we embrace our authentic selves.”
Talking about her experience shooting for the film, `Piku` actor Swaroopa Ghosh said, “The nuanced placement of the character within the broader narrative framework and the gradual revelation of the character`s complexity through the narrative reveals a layered value system. This subtle positioning speaks volumes about the complexities of reality and the inherent ambiguity of right and wrong.”
Saaj, alongside a talented cast including Nikkita Chadha, Lucy Jackson, and Bollywood veterans like Harish Khanna, Swaroopa Ghosh and Pawan Chopra breathes life into this narrative.
The film further boasts an ensemble cast featuring Sudha Bhuchar from `Mary Poppins Returns` and Chizzy Akudolu from `Holby City,` alongside Indian actors Rajiv Kumar Aneja, and Sachin Chaudhary.
Written by Shirley Day and produced by Nicola Gregory, Dean Charles and Sheila Nortley under K Squared Films, 2HotFilms & Emineo Films, `A Game of Two Halves` promises an emotionally charged journey with international distribution by Platoon One Films.