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Chakde! India (2007)
"Chak De! India" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family | Sport  -  10 August 2007 (India)
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The story of a hockey player who returns to the game as a coach of a women's hockey team.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vidya Malvade ...
Vidya Sharma
Tanya Abrol ...
Balbir Kaur
Chitrashi Rawat ...
Komal Chautala
Arya Menon ...
Gul Iqbal
Seema Azmi ...
Rani Dispotta
Nisha Nair ...
Soimoi Kerketa
Sandia Furtado ...
Nethra Reddy
Masochon V. Zimik ...
Molly Zimik
Kimi Laldawla ...
Mary Ralte
Shilpa Shukla ...
Bindia Naik
Shubhi Mehta ...
Gunjun Lakhani
Anaitha Nair ...
Aliya Bose
Sagarika Ghatge ...
Preety Sabharwal
Kimberly Miranda ...
Rachna Prasad
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Kabir Khan lives a middle-class lifestyle along with his widowed mom in Delhi, India, and is the Captain of the Indian men's hockey team. He fails to score at the last tournament resulting in Pakistan winning the World Cup amidst allegations that he was more inclined toward his opponents due to his religion. Kabir and his mom move away and virtually disappear for seven years. Thereafter Kabir surfaces to be a Coach for the women's hockey team, consisting of 16 players from all over India, some of who do not communicate well. Kabir's disciplinarian style ends up offending the players, lead by the militant Bindia Naik, who decide not to participate unless he resigns amidst allegations that he is having an affair with soon to-be married Vidya Sharma, who he appoints as the new Captain. Things change after a brawl with eve-teasers at the local McDonald's, the girls accept Kabir, however, the Chair of the Indian Women Hockey Association, Tripathi, decides to pull out of the World Cup but ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Sometimes Winning is Everything

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Opening Weekend:

£128,480 (UK) (10 August 2007)

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$1,113,541 (USA) (14 September 2007)
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The girls in the cast were trained in a 3-4 month hockey camp so that the game play doesn't look artificial in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Komal Chautala arrives, she is seen playing hockey with the boys. In one shot they are shown swerving their hockey stick around a man and she hits the ball. In the next shot the ball breaks a mirror on the driver's side of the car and the same man is sitting on the driver's side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Kabir Khan: [to Bindya] There's only room for one bully on this team! And that bully is me.
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Chak De India
Music by Salim Merchant & Suleiman Merchant
Lyric by Jaideep Sahni
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Marriane D'Cruz and Suleiman Merchant
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Lots of goosebumps, adrenaline rush and hot Segarika Ghatge
9 August 2007 | by (Katmandu, Nepal) – See all my reviews

What's in a name? Although initially this movie drew some amount of controversy outside India among viewers of non-Indian origin, the final movie just falsifies all those who advocated that the title "Chak De! India" was non-representative and was supposed to mean to only a niche of moviegoers. This movie would've been just what it is no matter what is was called or which country made it. Director Shimit Amin's entry in YRF simply transforms the entire perspective of movie-making and movie watching, both for the production house and the viewers.

Generally, you enter the theatre for a Yashraj movie expecting foreign locales, lots of song and dance, impossible and unbelievable characters, poor storyline, bad performances and a helluva investment but this movie delivers what no other Yashraj film ever did. Initially a sports movie, Chak De is rather a story of hope, courage, unity, integrity and the dreams. This film finally proves that you don't need Preity or Rani opposite SRK, and he all by himself, with a great screenwriter, great director and a good cast of the hockey team can make a great movie. There are lots of heroes in the movie - the women's team and these ladies simply steal the show. Mainly Bindiya, Balbir, Priya (the hot chic) and Komal.

See it gets very hard when there is an incredible amount of character development to do. There is a ghost that follows Kabir throughout the film and writer Jaideep Sahani makes a very good use of it. I do admit the fact that he's watched an incredible amount of Hollywood sports flick to develop this script, but he adds his very homely formulas and successfully manages to retain this film as an original Indian movie. Some parts of the film are directly lifted like the part of Kabir's ghost and few of the women, but all in all I refuse to say this is a Hollywood copy.

All in all, this is the best summer Hindi movie I've watched so far, not because it's got SRK but I love the script, the witty one-liners where sometimes with double meanings, every girl with her story (but I feel at most points the characters don't fully grow), well coordinated game sequences (though the practise scenes may bore you because there are a LOT), and above all the message the film delivers - when united, there's nothing you can't win over. The message is pretty well conveyed. You feel the adrenaline rush through the World Cup matches, a lot of goosebumps thanks to the great scoring by the Salim Sulaiman duo, well crafted script and good direction. Shimit's work is original contrary to the reservations I carried for him being a product of Ram Gopal Verma's school of direction.

SRK, as usual is great with his acting (and beard,) Vidya Malvade is the overly publicised captain but unfortunately other girls outdo her, the Jharkhand girls provide a dimension against contrasting Bindya and her queen bees. Segarika Ghatge's character Priya Saberwal is most memorable for her looks, style and for being hot and everything. The North East girls do answer some of vital questions of the North East Indians about their existence in their country as foreigners. The class conflict, egoistic chicks and their attitude problem and stuffs are absolutely well portrayed in the film.

All in all a well worth. Requires basic knowledge and enthusiasm in hockey. But avoid if you're looking for SRK as the lover-boy - he's the tough coach.


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