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Tiki-Taka: The Story Of Football In Kolkata

Ankita Tiwari

September 10, 2020

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Football is the most popular sport in northeastern India. What made this sport sacred in this region of India? Find out inside.

The northeastern part of India might be huddled away from the central states, but it is rich in talent and a growth hub. In the case of sports, the Indian Football team has a quite sturdy fan following and team players both from this region. Football is a sacred sport in the northeast. Many star football players like Bhaichung Bhutia (captain of the Indian team) have been brought up in the cities of the east. The mountainous landscapes help the children in developing a sturdy foot-quite literally! The children of the northeast have stronger calves and a greater level of stamina due to their rugged terrain.

Watch the trailer of Tiki-Taka here.

It is true that football was introduced into India by the British in the 1800s, but northeastern India held onto the sport in such a way that it feels indigenous now! A personal experience of this is on a trip to Gangtok, Sikkim, I met a few boys who played football every day for five hours. They all had one dream–to be in the Indian football team. In every household, the boys harbour the dream of becoming a footballer!

Kolkata derby is one of the most famous ones in India. When the annual matches between football clubs of West Bengal begin, viewers from all over India visit the state. FC Kolkata is also one of the most dreaded teams of the Indian Super League. Somehow, it is the breeding ground for famous footballers. The state is obsessed with the sport. Even the actor of the film Tiki-Taka, Parambrata Chattopadhyay was born in Kolkata and he still claims that the best gift he got was the introduction to the sport of football when he was nine-years-old.

Their love for football is quite evident in the upcoming ZEE5 film Tiki-Taka. The film stars Ritabhari Chakraborty and Parambrata Chattopadhyay. It is a comedy of errors and has a plot that has the game of football embedded in it. Tiki-Taka is a term used in the game of football. If you are a fan of football, or just want to spend some family time watching a comedy film, don’t miss ZEE5’s Tiki-Taka releasing tomorrow!

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