Dalio and Renoir discuss this scene in their conversation. Dalio says he was embarrassed, because it seemed simple to stand proudly beside his toy, yet they had to reshoot for two days. Yes, says Renoir, because the facial expression had to be exact -- proud, and a little embarrassed to be so proud, and delighted, but a little shy to reveal it. The finished shot, ending with Robert's face, is a study in complexity, and Renoir says it may be the best shot he ever filmed. It captures the buried theme of the film: That on the brink of war they know what gives them joy but play at denying it, while the world around them is closing down joy, play and denial.
For a long time, hockey was considered the national sport of India owing to its stellar performances in the Olympic Games. But in August 2012, the Union ministry of Youth Affairs declared that India does not have a game that has been officially designated as its National game. This was in response to a Right to Information (RTI) filed by Aishwarya Parashar, a 10 year old girl from Lucknow who wanted to know the exact year the government adopted hockey as the country’s national game. The Union ministry of Youth Affairs reverted back to her saying that they could not find any official mandate declaring the national game status of Hockey. This comes as a shock to many as the sport has been widely accepted as the national game of the country, even on the Government of India website!