New Delhi: A day before the of 108th birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, his son, Ashok Kumar, has decided to launch a hunt to retrieve the entire video of the historic 1936 Berlin Olympic final featuring India and Germany.
India won their third successive hockey gold in Berlin, outclassing hosts Germany 8-1 with skipper Dhyan Chand dazzling with a three-goal effort. Interestingly, the final was played on August 15.
"It’s my effort to present that historic match to the nation,” said Ashok, himself a World Cup winner. “Generally, we get to watch only a few clippings of Dhyan Chand’s matches through different websites. But now I have come to know the entire video of the match is available in Germany and am trying to get it back.”
According to Ashok, who scored India’s winning goal in the 1975 World Cup final against Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur, the match was filmed by noted German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.
Asked by Adolf Hitler himself, she produced a well-documented film on the Berlin Olympics. Named “Olympia”, it was highly acclaimed by critics.
The film was made in two parts, with versions in German, French and English. The famous footage of Jesse Owens’ record breaking 100-metre run was also part of this film.
“I have a friend in Madhya Pradesh, Hemant Dubey, who has been doing a research on Dhyan Chand all through his life,” said Ashok.
“He recently found out that the German lady filmed the entire hockey final, but only used a part of it for her film. There are reasons to believe that her family is still having the footage.”