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Chak de! India (2007)

Chak De! India (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Sport | 10 August 2007 (India)
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Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director:

Shimit Amin

Writers:

Jaideep Sahni (dialogue), Jaideep Sahni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Kabir Khan
Vidya Malvade ... Vidya Sharma
Sagarika Ghatge ... Preety Sabharwal
Shilpa Shukla ... Bindia Naik
Arya Menon Arya Menon ... Gul Iqbal
Seema Azmi Seema Azmi ... Rani Dispotta
Nisha Nair Nisha Nair ... Soimoi Kerketa
Sandia Furtado Sandia Furtado ... Nethra Reddy
Masochon V. Zimik Masochon V. Zimik ... Molly Zimik
Kimi Laldawla Kimi Laldawla ... Mary Ralte
Chitrashi Rawat ... Komal Chautala
Shubhi Mehta Shubhi Mehta ... Gunjun Lakhani
Anaitha Nair ... Aliya Bose
Tanya Abrol ... Balbir Kaur
Kimberly Miranda Kimberly Miranda ... Rachna Prasad
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Storyline

Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) knows what it's like to come back from the dead. The ex Indian Captain has now come back in the avatar of the Coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey team. A team that exists more on paper and less in reality. The team is a rag-tag bunch of girls with their own agenda. A bunch of girls who have forgotten what it is like to play for the love of the game. Of playing because you want glory for your country. Not because you want a pensioned job or a government flat. They have all forgotten the sharp thrill of just holding the hockey stick, keeping their eyes on the ball and playing for all they are worth. They have played every game but hockey to make sure they get selected every year in the Indian National team. But what does it really mean to play for the Indian National team? To play for India? The girls have never known the thrilling energy of being Team India. Of giving their all to see their country's name on a trophy. But Kabir Khan, once a captain, ... Written by Official Source

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes Winning is Everything

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

10 August 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Chak de! India See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$351,887, 12 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,113,541, 16 September 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack for Chak De! India was released on 1 August 2007 and was composed by Salim-Sulaiman with lyrics by Jaideep Sahni. 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: Neither I hear the name of states nor do I see them.I only hear just one name:I-N-D-I-A
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Connections

Referenced in Chance Pe Dance (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Chak De India
Music by Salim Merchant & Salim-Sulaiman
Lyric by Jaideep Sahni
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Marriane D'Cruz and Salim-Sulaiman
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Lots of goosebumps, adrenaline rush and hot Segarika Ghatge
9 August 2007 | by die_HeuchlerSee 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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