HatTrick - 2007


HAT TRICK!" is a story of the triumph of the human spirit. Actually, it is FOUR stories that deal with the triumph of the human spirit.

Deriving it's name from the famous magical expression of a "Hat Trick", it deals with four stories from different slices of life, in different parts of the world, each of which reach a crescendo, and each of which need the protagonist to pull out a magic trick from the hat.. Something that they've never done before, and something that must be done now, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds Because it will make the difference between winning and losing...

The four stories are all connected with Cricket. To be specific, with the World Cup of Cricket that is to be played in the Caribbean in 2007.

Using the tournament as a sensational and poignant backdrop, and the fictionalised fortunes of the Indian Cricket Team in the tournament, "HAT TRICK!" takes a tangy look at what happens to five sets of lives during the span of the tournament. Yes, five. The fifth being the journey of the Indian Cricket team in it's quest for the Cup. Hat-trick means three consecutive successes in a row. Aptly, the film HAT TRICK is also about three success stories - about three people who may start as underdogs but go on to becoming winners. It is about every element that helps them achieve their victories. And it is about ONE THREAD that holds commonality between these stories - CRICKET. Hat-trick opens with stories at the onset of Cricket World Cup 2007 and finishes with their triumph which is simultaneous with Indian team's triumph in the World Cup. As the Indian team moves ahead in the World Cup, the characters in the story journey through their lives, realize their faults and correct them to finally turn out winners.

Madhav Anna is an ex-cricketer - a legendary leg spinner. He has devoted his life to cricket. He is forever happy and lives every moment of his life with elan.

Unfortunately, owing to his ill health he has to be admitted to a hospital for treatment. Being admitted to a hospital is not unfortunate; it is being under the observation of Dr. Satyajeet Chavan that is going to be fateful for him. Simply because Dr. Satyajeet HATES the mention of the word 'cricket' and he will be devoid of watching world cup matches in the hospital.
But as it turns out, in treating Madhav Anna, Dr. Satyajeet's gets cured of a life swallowing disease - of bitterness, hostility and pessimism.

In his playing days, Madhav Anna had given many persistent performances and claimed wickets each time surprising batsmen. He carries the same flare off field, and consistently stumps Dr. Satyajeet breaking down each of his barriers bit by bit.
Dr. Satyajeet is able to rekindle his love for his wife, Surekha, loosen control over his adolescent son Mihir, in the process gaining confidence in their relationship.

Having Madhav Anna is a life changing experience for Dr. Satyajeet, so much so, that when Madhav Anna refuses to go for an operation before watching India win the World Cup finals, Dr. Satyajeet goes to lengths he couldn't have imagined. He is willing to rig the match. In doing do, he develops a new connection with his staff, colleagues and others.
Madhav finally survives a difficult operation and Dr. Satyajeet learns to live again.

On the other side of the planet - LONDON - is modest family of three - Hemu Patel, his wife Priya Patel and his erratic daughter Natasha aka Nattie Patel.
Hemu's story is about transformation from pretense, hypocrisy and faking style to being stylish by acknowledging ones own strengths. In language of cricket - Not everybody needs to ape Tendulkar, because the team needs dravids, dhonis and bhajjis too.

Hemu Patel is a huge fan of cricket and never misses to watch a match in the local pub along with his friends from the ghetto. He is quite a charm in his group because of his mimicry talent and influential position he claims to have. In truth, he is a janitor at

Cast & Crew

Milan Luthria
Ronnie Screwvala
Vishal Dadlani, Mayur Puri

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