Chak De India (2007) : Review

'Chak De India' is a sincere effort and it is really nice to see such well made experimental films being tried.

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Chak De India (2007)

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade
Director: Shimit Amin
Rating: ***1/2(Good)

Reviewd By: - Sneha Hazarika 

Hollywood has had its fair share of sport themed films from 'Escape of Victory', 'Chariots of Fire', 'A League of their own' to 'The Longest Yard' 'Coach Carter' and 'Any Given Sunday'. But same was never the case in our country. Of course there was 'Iqbal' and partly the period piece 'Lagaan' (which cashed in on cricket) but then these two dealt with cricket which is nothing short of a national sensation. To attempt a film on hockey which is heavily ignored in spite of being the national spChak De Indiaort of India and to be precise women's hockey here, and then to present it with conviction, courage and realism on screen is not all that easy. The Yash Raj banner has teamed up with one of their favourite actors Shah Rukh Khan, not for another romantic musical hit but for this off beat movie, thereby proving that they are open to experimentation and tests. Here director Shimit Amin's contributions have come handy in a big way. He has the track record of making a realistic film like 'Ab Tak Chhappan' and his own unique touch is there throughout the film.

Shah Rukh plays Kabir Khan, a dedicated Indian hockey player, whose one mistake of missing out on a vital penalty shot in a final world cup match against Pakistan costs him his career and his honour. He is accused of being a traitor and is forced out of the game. He emerges seven years later, asking for an opportunity to coach the Indian female hockey team, which in actuality is not a team but a group of scattered aimless girls, who are in the game just for the sake of it. Nobody is willing to give them and the team any attention. From there on begins the fight of Kabir, how he instills team spirit, dedication and love for the game in the girls and transforms them into world champions capable of performing miracles.

Shah Rukh Khan has moved away from his typical image yet again after 'Swades'. He breathes life into the character and fits the role to a t. It's a treat to watch the 'Baadshah' do something so drastically different, in the process successfully convincing the viewers. The perfect casting in the film is a big plus point, without which the film would have never looked real. The girls essaying the roles of hockey players from various states are ideally cast and play their parts well.

Vidya Malvade is the only known face here, thanks to her modeling background and her debut film 'Inteha'. She doesn't disappoint but there are others who get equal attention too. Especially Sagarika Ghatge who plays Preeti Sabharwal and the girls playing the political Vindya, the 'Punjabi kudi' Balbir and the pint sized Haryanvi tom boy (the latter two make more of an impact because of the comic scenes involved).Chak De India

The hockey matches have been filmed on a grand scale in Australia and look very authentic and commendable (which is not very usual in Hindi cinema).

Writer Jaideep Sahni proves his mettle yet again after films like 'Company' and 'Khosla Ka Ghosla'. Though his story and screen play has some typical filmi moments (can't really do without in a Bollywood film) it's quite convincing. Another good thing is that the film is not too long, just about two hours or so. The dialogues are pretty good and the girls talking in their various languages and accents make the situations genuine.
Music is alright and understandably so since there is not much requirement of the same here.

'Chak De India' is a sincere effort and it is really nice to see such well made experimental films being tried. One hitch could be the film might not appeal to the lovers of typical Bollywood masala potboilers and can remained confined in the niche audience category, being apreciated by people who have it in them to praise such novel efforts.


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Posted on: 22 January 2012 at 4:47pm
Chak De is a great movie and even surprised to know that it has cracked my mains exam for UPSC as well. I had joined Climb First for UPSC preparation and I met Mr. Mukund there who has cleared his examination. He advised me to prepare strategy plan as per Chak De movie. At Climb first, Mukund advised me that to crack upsc mains, 11 things are very important, same like 11 members in a team.
1. General Studies – Prelim,
2. GA – Prelim,
3. English – Mains (Qualifying),
4. Indian Language – Mains,
5. Essay,
6. General Studies – 1,
7. General Studies – 2,
8. Optional Subjects – History 1,
9. Optional Subjects – History 2,
10. Optional Subjects – Political Science -1,
11. Optional Subjects – Political Science – 2.
These are the 11 things. If we can coordinate and club all these 11, then we can make it as a team and can hit the goal. I really appreciate Mukund whom I met at Climb First to give these tips I applied and cleared my Mains in 2011 Civil Services. Somehow I couldn't clear my Interview in 2011 because my grandmom expired 3 days before my interview and unfortunately I couldn't read the newspaper 3 days prior to my interview. The panel has discussed half of the times about current issues. But in 2012 I'm quite sure I will place my name in Final list.

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Posted on: 22 August 2007 at 12:07pm
It loosk good i wanna watch it srk is in it n luks like a gud movie

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Posted on: 21 August 2007 at 4:10am
good movieobviusly this movie was good coz i was in it :D:D:D the audince in melbourne soo i saw the whole shootin in melbourne lol

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Posted on: 16 August 2007 at 11:55am
AWESOME MOVIE!I really liked this movie! It was great! superb! Different Genre, I definately appreciated the movie..

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Posted on: 16 August 2007 at 7:29am
thnx a lot 4 the review can't wait to watch the movie!

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Posted on: 13 August 2007 at 12:05pm

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Posted on: 12 August 2007 at 8:53pm
awesome movieit was a great movie you have to watch it, Us New Yorkers loved the film. I had a question about a particular dialogue
that komal says few minutes b4 the intermission, when the team is apologizing she is basically trying to say let bigons be bigons but she says it in haryanvi? it goes some thing like this ab bas ki puch... can some one plz tell me the dialogue. thankyou

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Posted on: 12 August 2007 at 3:46pm
sounds like a gr88 movie
cant wait to watch it

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Posted on: 12 August 2007 at 11:40am
chak dei think after a long time we can see the SRK not overacting. For ppl who like movies on sports will enjoy it. for others i dont know.

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Posted on: 12 August 2007 at 7:41am
its seems like a cool movie a wana see it

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