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Chak De! India

Publicity poster for Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Yash Chopra
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Vidya Malvade
Sagarika Ghatge
Chitrashi Rawat
Shilpa Shukla
Tanya Abrol
Anaitha Nair
Shubhi Mehta
Seema Azmi
Nisha Nair
Arya Menon
Sandia Furtado
Masochon V. Zimik
Kimi Laldawla
Raynia Mascerhanas
Vivan Bhatena
Music by Salim Merchant
Sulaiman Merchant
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Editing by Amitabh Shukla
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) 10 August 2007
Running time 153 min.
Country  India
Language Hindi, English
Budget 24 crore INR [1]
Gross revenue Rs 91,97,00,000
$ 21,505,244[1]

Chak De! India (Hindi: चक दे इंडिया English: "Go For It, India!")[2] is a 2007 Bollywood sports film about field hockey in India. It is directed by Shimit Amin, produced by Yash Raj Films, and stars Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan, the former captain of the Indian hockey team. After a disastrous loss to the Pakistani hockey team, Khan is ostracized from the sport. He and his mother are further forced from their ancestral home by angry neighbors. Seven years later in an attempt to redeem himself, Khan becomes the coach for the Indian women's hockey team with the goal of turning its sixteen contentious players into a champion team. After leading the women's team to the Gold, Khan restores his reputation and returns with his mother to their home, welcomed by those who had shunned them years before.

Chak De! India explores religious bigotry, the legacy of partition, ethnic/regional prejudice, and sexism in contemporary India through field hockey.[3][4][5] Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni decided to write a fictional screenplay based on the winning of the Gold by the Indian women's field hockey team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games after reading about it in the newspaper.[6][7] Thus the characters, while inspired by the real team and coaches, were invented by Sahni.[8] Although some media outlets compared Kabir Khan to real-life hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi,[9] Sahani has stated that he was unaware of Negi's tribulations while writing the script and that the resemblance with Negi's life was coincidental.[10]

Earning over Rs 639 million, Chak De! India was the fourth highest grossing movie of 2007 in India [11] and was critically acclaimed.[12] Chak De! India has won numerous awards (including eight for Best Film) and received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.[13] The suspension of the Indian Hockey Federation in April 2008 emphasized the film's influence. After a new hockey council was formed, former hockey player, Aslam Sher Khan, stated in an interview, "We have to make a Team India as you have seen in bollywood blockbuster Chak De! India. There are players from several parts of the country. We have to unite them to make a powerful force."[14]

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Plot

The film opens in Delhi, India during the final minutes of the Hockey World Cup. The game is between the Pakistan men's national field hockey team and the India men's national field hockey team, with Pakistan leading, 1-0. When Indian team captain and hockey superstar, Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) is fouled, he elects to take the penalty stroke himself. However, his strike flies just above the goal, and India suffers a crushing defeat. Soon after, the media begins to circulate a photograph of him accepting a handshake from the head of the Pakistani team, speculating that Khan (who is a Muslim)[5] might have "thrown" the game as an act of sympathy towards Pakistan. The religious prejudice exhibited towards Khan by the entire society at large [4][5] forces him and his mother out of their ancestral home and into exile.

Seven years later, Indian sport officials are surprised to learn that Khan wants to coach the Indian woman's field hockey team, a job no one else wants (as, an official indicates, the only long term role for women is to "cook and clean"). Khan thus finds himself in charge of a group of 16 women from all sections of India, who are divided by their own competitive natures and individual prejudices. One of the youngest players, Komal Chautala (Chitrashi Rawat) (from a village in Haryana) conflicts with Preeti Sabarwal (Sagarika Ghatge) from Chandigarh whom she refers to somewhat derisively as "memsaab" while tough girl Balbir Kaur (Tanya Abrol) from the Punjab has an extremely short temper that impacts the team. Balbir also bullies Rani Dispotta (Seema Azmi) and Soimoi Kerketa (Nisha Nair), who are both from remote villages in Jharkhand. Mary Ralte (Kimi Laldawla) from Mizoram and Molly Zimik (Masochon "Chon Chon" Zimik) from Manipur (in North-East India) are both treated as "foreign" by virtually everyone they meet and face repeated sexual harassment. The team's captain, Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade), is forced to choose between hockey and the wishes of her husband's family, while Preeti's boyfriend, the (fictional) vice captain of the India national cricket team Abimanyu Singh (Vivan Bhatena), is deeply threatened by her involvement with the team.

Khan realizes that he can only turn the girls into a winning team if he can help them to overcome these divisions and learn to cooperate with and help each other. Thus during the first few days, he benches a number of players who refuse to conform to his rules, including the most experienced player, Bindia Naik (Shilpa Shukla). In response, she repeatedly attempts to encourage the players to revolt against Khan. Bindia finally succeeds and in anger, Khan resigns. As a sign of good will, however, he invites the staff and team to a going away lunch at McDonald's. The anger that the team felt towards Khan and each other evaporates, however, when some local boys make a pass at Mary and Molly. In response, Balbir attacks them, an act which leads to a brawl between the boys and the entire team. Khan, recognizing that this is their first instance of working together as a team, repeatedly prevents the staff from intervening. His only action is to stop a man from striking one of the women with a cricket bat from behind, telling him that there are no cowards in hockey.[15] After the fight, the women (now bonded as a team) beg Khan to remain as their coach.

This newly found unity serves them through a series of additional challenges. When hockey officials suddenly decide not to send the women's team to Australia for The World Championship, the girls unite in a challenge match against the men’s team. Despite losing this match, their superb performance on the field forces the officials to change their mind and send the team to The World Championship. Once in Australia, the team faces a number of difficult matches with teams such as the Hockeyroos (Australia), the Black Sticks Women (New Zealand), the Las Leonas (Argentina), and the South Korean team (known for its use of the man-to-man marking technique). While initially still working to overcome their differences throughout the matches, the girls learn to act as a single unit. This move eventually leads them to victory and the restoration of Khan’s good name. In doing so, they not only destroy the prejudices which once separated them, but prove to their families and country the merit of women's athletics. At the end, Khan returns with his mother to their ancestral home, welcomed by those who had shunned them years before.

This film is inspired from a Hollywood Movie "The Miracle" which is a 2004 American biographical sports film about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory over the heavily favored Soviet team in the medal round was dubbed the Miracle on Ice. Miracle was directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Eric Guggenheim.

Production

Background

A short article about the winning of the Gold by the women's team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games inspired screenwriter Jaideep Sahni to create a film about the Indian Women's Hockey Team.[8] Director Shamit Amin noted the lack of coverage of the women's team by the media and stated that "there are a lot of odds these players are up against".[16]

The media often compared hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (who faced accusations of throwing the match against Pakistan during the 1982 Asian Games) with the character of Kabir Khan in the media.[9][17][18][19][20] In response Negi commented that, "this movie is not a documentary of Mir Ranjan Negi's life".[21] Sahani has also stated that he was unaware of Negi's tribulations while writing the script and that the resemblance with Negi's life was coincidental.[10][22] Negi joined the production team after his name was suggested by the national coach of the women's team Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, who was with the team when it won the Commonwealth Games’ gold in 2002.

The screenplay drew from interviews with current members of the women's field hockey team as well as the coaches. Kaushik later noted that:

Many of the incidents shown in the movie are true. How the coach actually throws a girl out when she is not listening, and then goes out himself and there are three to four other girls also standing there because they disobeyed his instructions. This happened with Pritam Siwach [...] The scene where they start fighting, happened to us when we were returning from a game in Bangalore, and some boys started passing comments [...] The actual game-situations we had to actually challenge another team after being disallowed from participating in an international tournament's qualifiers, and give it in writing, that we will qualify [...] And lastly the coach's portrayal, he goes to the match on a scooter. The team wins, but he still returns on a scooter. So the Coach's stature and status, you know, is always here.[22]

In addition, Sahni noted that, "the story of Chak De was deeply inspired by the real life story of ex Chief National Coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik and his Indian Women's hockey team's real feat of winning the Commonwealth and many other championships."[23]

Development

After Sahini approached them both, Kaushik and Negi became involved with the development of the film. Sahini first met with Kaushik and later recalled that, "M K Kaushik and his girls taught us all we knew about hockey. Then he recommended Negi to us, because when we finished writing and finished casting, we needed someone to train the girls. Negi assembled a team of hockey players to train the girls."[22] Kaushik also states in the same interview that, "I taught him everything about the game, starting from how the camp is conducted, how the girls come from different backgrounds and cultures, the psychological factors involved. Also how the coach faces pressure to select girls from different states and teams."[22]

Sahini then contacted Negi and asked him to coach the actors portraying the hockey team. While not initially enthusiastic about being involved in the film, Negi changed his mind after reading the screenplay. Negi coached the cast stating, "I trained the girls for six months. Waking up at 4, traveling from Kandivili to Churchgate. We would retire around 11 in the night. It was tiring. But we were on a mission [...] They couldn’t run; couldn’t hold the hockey sticks. I ensured none of them [would have to] cut their nails or eye-brows (as the players do). The girls have worked very hard. I salute them."[9] Some of the actors however, such as Chitrashi, Sandia, and Raynia were cast because they were actual hockey players.[24] ReelSports, under the direction of Sport Action Director Rob Miller,[25][26] also worked with Negi to train the girls and Shahrukh Khan for the film. Of working with Khan, Negi recalled that everything was planned, "including the penalty stroke that SRK missed. That shot alone took us nearly 20 hours as I was keen that it should be very realistic. I took the help of a lot of my former teammates. But more importantly, it was so easy working with SRK. He is unbelievably modest and was willing to do as many re-takes as we wanted."[27]

Chak De! India was filmed in India and Australia. The Australian portions were filmed in Sydney and Melbourne and used 90 hockey players cast by ReelSports Solutions and 9000 extras.[28]

Chak De girls

Shortly after the film's release, the media began referring to the 16 actresses who portrayed members of the team as the Chak De girls. [29][30] The panel of judges at the Star Screen Awards also used this term when they awarded the 2008 Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress to the Chak De girls. [31]

  • Aliya Bose (Anaitha Nair), senior player, from West Bengal.
  • Balbir Kaur (Tanya Abrol), from Punjab.
  • Bindia Naik (Shilpa Shukla), senior player from Maharashtra. As the most experienced member of the team, Bindia is condescending towards everyone but her two best friends, Alia and Gunjun. She attempts to overthrow Khan after he refuses to give her power equal to her experience.
  • Gul Iqbal (Arya Menon), from Uttar Pradesh
  • Gunjun Lakhani (Shubhi Mehta), senior player from Andhra Pradesh.
  • Komal Chautala (Chitrashi Rawat), from Haryana. Komal's character is based on Mamta Kharab, the current captain of the Indian Women's Hockey Team.[32]
  • Mary Ralte (Kimi Laldawla) Substitute and Penalty Stroke specialist from Mizoram.
  • Molly Zimik (Masochon "Chon Chon" Zimik), from Manipur. Mary and Molly are from North-East India and are initially treated as "foreign" by their teammates.
  • Nethra Reddy (Sandia Furtado), from Andhra Pradesh.
  • Nichola Sequeira (Nichola Sequeira), is from Maharashtra.
  • Preeti Sabarwal (Sagarika Ghatge), the Chandigarh team captain. Her boyfriend Abimanyu Singh (Vivan Bhatena) is the (fictional) vice captain of the India national cricket team who doesn't take her commitment to field hockey very seriously.
  • Rachna Prasad (Kimberly Miranda), from Bihar.
  • Rani Dispotta (Seema Azmi), from Jharkhand. Rani moved from a jungle village to Ranchi and learned how to survive among her urban-born classmates.
  • Raynia Fernandes (Raynia Mascerhanas).
  • Soimoi Kerketa (Nisha Nair), Substitute from Jharkhand. Also from a jungle village, Soimoi struggles with language and fitting in.
  • Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade), Goalie and Captain from Madhya Pradesh. Former goalkeeper for The Railways. Recently married, Vidya's husband attempts to force her to choose between hockey and family.

Release

Box office

Chak De! India was released worldwide on 10 August 2007. It became the third top grossing movie of 2007 in India, with revenues of Rs 67,69,00,000 domestically,[11] and was declared a "Blockbuster."[11] In the U.S, it opened at number 20, in the UK charts at number 11, and in Australia at number 12.[33] It earned a total Rs 35 million in the United Kingdom, Rs 47.5 million in North America, and Rs 35 million for the rest of the overseas proceeds.[34]

Critical reception

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave Chak De! India a rating of 80%, based upon 5 reviews (4 fresh and 1 rotten).[35]

Chak De! India was critically acclaimed in India and abroad. Subhash K. Jha (film critic and author of The Essential Guide to Bollywood) gave the film a rave review stating, "First things first. Chak De India is an outright winner. A triumph of the spirit. And of craftsmanship. While director Shimit Amin has crafted a film with immense staying power , and exception integrity and gusto, the thought-process behind the endearing endeavour harks back to a series of well-crafted Hollywood films about the team spirit, the low-spirited tream and the burnt-out disgraced and exiled coach who motivates the team and galvanizes his own dormant spirit into a wide-alert status." [36] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India gave the film 4 out of 4 stars and argues that it has "great performances by a bunch of unknowns, a gritty pace and a marvellous restraint make Chakde India an unbridled ode to patriotism without any hysterical chest-beating. And yes, for all you SRK fans and bashers, this time the verdict gotta be unanimous: Chakde Shah Rukh! Can you better this?"[3] India Today describes Chak De! India as, "the most feisty girl power movie to have come out of Bollywood ever. The girls, from the truculent Haryanvi Komal to the angry Bindiya, from the Punjabi Balbir to the very proper Punjabi, Chandigarh ki kudi Preeti, may be drawn from stereotypes but they shatter them with aggressive performances, staring Khan in the eye, almost defeating the Indian men’s hockey team, assaulting a gang of boys and showing the six-time Australian team a thing or two about how to win." [37] Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu asks "when did we last make a solid ensemble film about sports — one that’s not about a few players saving the day but about the triumph of teamwork? ‘Chak De’ is that rare film where the hero watches from the stands and lets a bunch of ‘what’s-her-name-again’ girls do all the winning [...] At another level, ‘Chak De’ is about women’s liberation. It is one of the best feminist films of our times. Next, the girls themselves are the closest we’ve seen to a representation of India in any sports movie we’ve seen. They are not 16 pretty young things. The casting is first-rate. The rawness in the performances actually makes you forget these are actors. Though we begin by warming up to the ethnic/race differences among the players, soon enough, Amin skirts their inter-racial conflicts behind the uniform, the great leveller."[38]

Anil Sinanan of The Times adds that, "First time director Shimit Amin has fashioned a gripping film: we keep rooting for our girls even though it is fairly obvious what the final result will be. This is achieved via a script which eliminates most of the usual trappings of the formula, and focuses on the game. Romance is absent, parents are sidelined and no one breaks out into song and dance, Lagaan-style whilst training."[2] Jaspreet Pandohar of The BBC gave Chak De! India 4 out of 5 stars stating that, "while the tale of the sporting underdog is hardly new, Jaideep Sahni's screenplay offers a rare look at a popular Indian sport often overshadowed by cricket. But it's not the type of bat and ball, or the number of practice sessions that are at issue here. Instead, the gender and personal prejudices of the players underpin the story."[39] Andy Webster of The New York Times argues that the film gave a fresh look to the conventional underdog sports film and compared the premise to the win at the FIFA Women's World Cup.[40] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter argues that the film is "definitely Bollywood, ashamed of neither sentimentality nor predictability. Yet its sharp-eyed view of Indian society makes for a world of difference from old-style, sugar-coated Bollywood films."[41] Derek Elley of Variety describes the film as "a patriotic heartwarmer that scores some old-fashioned entertainment goals" and that it "is almost an anthem for India's new-found economic clout and its recent 60th-anniversary celebrations of independence from U.K. rule -- and it gets a stirring title song from composing team Salim-Sulaiman and lyricist Jaideep Sahni (who also scripted). Thus, it's hardly a surprise when the team of 16 girls from all over India finally get it together to beat the bejeezus out of their international opponents." [42] Apart from critics, Chak De! India tied with Taare Zameen Par for best film of 2007 according to various Bollywood movie directors such as Madhur Bhandarkar, David Dhawan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anurag Basu, and Sriram Raghavan.[12]

On 30 August 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requested a copy of the Chak De! India script for a place in the Margaret Herrick library.[43]

Awards

Chak De! India has won numerous awards including eight for Best Film from: The Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild, The Australian Indian Film Festival, The Billie Awards, The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), The Star Screen Awards, The UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards, The V. Shantaram Awards, and The Zee Cine Awards. It also received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.[13]

Special screenings

Chak De! India was screened on 30 May 2009 at the opening of the SPAR Cup in Durban, South Africa in order to welcome the Indian Women's National Field Hockey Team.[44] The SPAR Cup is a lead up to the 2009 Hockey Champions Challenge in October. India competed against three other teams: Hockeyroos, Las Leonas, and the South African Women's National Field Hockey Team.[45]

Impact

Suspension of IHF

The suspension of the Indian Hockey Federation in April 2008 emphasized the film's influence. India Today used the film to label the event in two articles titled, "Operation Chak De impact: Jothikumaran resigns" [46] and "Operation Chak de impact: Furore in Lok Sabha."[47] The Indiatimes, in an article titled, "Five wise men set for a 'Chak De' act" also argued, "It looks like Indian hockey has done a real 'Chak de' this time around."[48] In addition, former hockey player, Aslam Sher Khan, who was appointed by the Indian Olympic Association to head a committee which will replace the IHF, pointed to the film as a model to work towards. He stated in an interview, "We have to make a Team India as you have seen in bollywood blockbuster Chak De! India. There are players from several parts of the country. We have to unite them to make a powerful force." [14] In another interview, he emphasized that he wants "to create a Chak De effect" on hockey in India.[49]

Soundtrack

Chak De! India
Soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman
Released 1 August 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 28:92
Producer Aditya Chopra
Professional reviews
Salim-Sulaiman chronology
Dor
(2006)
Chak De! India
(2007)
Aaja Nachle
(2007)

The soundtrack for Chak De! India was released on 1 August 2007 and is composed by Salim-Sulaiman with lyrics by Jaideep Sahni. The title song, Chak De! India, has become an unofficial sports anthem for India.[52] Salim and Suleimaan Merchant composed the song with this intention.[53]

Track Title Singers Length
1. "Chak De! India"   Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant, Marianne D'Cruz 4:43
2. "Badal Pe Paon Hain"   Hema Sardesai 4:05
3. "Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke"   K K, Shahrukh Khan 5:36
4. "Bad Bad Girls"   Anushka Manchanda 3:39
5. "Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan"   Krishna Beura, Salim Merchant 4:47
6. "Hockey Remix"   Midival Punditz 5:17
7. "Sattar Minute"   Shahrukh Khan 2:05

DVD

The DVD was released by Yash Raj Films on 3 November 2007 as a 2 DVD pack. Subtitles in English, Arabic, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Tamil and Malayalam languages are available for the feature film. The companion DVD with special features includes 32 minutes of deleted scenes (without subtitles), music videos, a documentary on the making of the film, and guest appearances by the Chak De Girls and members of the India women's national field hockey team on CNN-IBN and NDTV.[54]

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Awards
Preceded by
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
2008
Succeeded by
Mumbai Meri Jaan

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Chak De India is a 2007 film made in India about women's filed hockey in India. It is loosely based upon some events in the life of former hockey player, Mir Ranjan Negi (who was also the hockey coach for the film).

Directed by Shimit Amin, produced by Yash Raj Films. Written by Jaideep Sahni. Starring Shahrukh Khan and the Chak De Girls.

General quotes

  • Women's Hockey Association Official 1: I do not get it- why do you not take women's hockey seriously?
Women's Hockey Association Official 2: And I do not get why you take it so seriously. Uttamji, Indian women are born to cook and clean. They cannot run around in short skirts. (English translation)
Nethra: Telegu.
Sukhlal:Tamil.
Nethra:Not Tamil, Telegu.
Sukhlal:Same thing. What's the difference between Tamil and Telegu?
Nethra:The same difference that there is between Punjabi and Bihari. (English translation)
  • Preeti: But I'm the captain of a state team.
Coach Khan: And I'm the coach of the Indian National Women's Team. I cannot hear or see the names of states. I can only hear the name of one country - India. (English translation)
  • British coach during the World Cup match, referring to the Indian team: I am confused. Which one of them is Didi? [1]

Monologues

  • "Do not think you are playing against 16 boys. You are fighting everyone in this country who thinks girls can never match up to men, cannot hold a job as well as a man, cannot make decisions like men. You are fighting each fool who has forgotten that if a girl has given life to him, she can do anything. Anything." -Coach Khan in a speech to the girls prior to their match with the boys hockey team. (English translation)
  • "sattar minute,

sattar minute hai tumhaare paas...
shaayad tumhaare zindagi ke sabse khaas saattar minute..
Aaj tum achchha khelo ya bura
yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge
toh kaise khelna hai, aaj main tumhe nahi bataaunga
bas itana kahunga, ki jaao aur yeh sattar minute jee bhar ke khel lo
kyun ki iske baad aanewaali zindagi mein,
chaahe kuchh sahi ho ya na ho..
chaahe kuchh rahe ya na rahe, tum haaro ya jeeto
lekin yeh sattar minute, tumse koi nahi chheen sakta, koi nahin!!
Toh maine socha ki iss match mein kaise khelna hai
aaj main tumhein nahi bataaunga, balki tum mujhe bataaoge, khel kar
kyun ki main jaanta hoon ki agar yeh sattar minute
iss team ka har player apni zindagi ki sabsi badiya hockey khel gaya
toh yeh sattar minute khuda bhi tumse waapas nahin maang sakata
toh jaao, jaao aur apne aap se, iss zindagi se, apne khuda se
aur har uss insaan se jisne tum par bharosa nahi kiya
apne sattar minute chheen lo" [actual dialogue]


70 minutes. you have 70 minutes
Probably the most important 70 minutes of your life
Today, whether you play well or not
You will remember these 70 minutes for the rest of your life
So I will not tell you how to play today,
All I will say is go out there and play these 70 minutes to their fullest
Because after this moment, whatever happens in life
Whether its good or not,
Whatever the end result is, whether you win or lose
No one can take these 70 minutes away from you, no one!
So, I have decided,
I will no tell you how to play today, YOU will tell me, by playing.
Because I know that in these 70 minutes, if every player in this team plays the best hockey game of her life
Then even God cannot take these 70 minutes away from you
So go! Go and from yourselves, from this life, from your God, and from every person who didn’t have faith in you
Go snatch your 70 minutes. [english translation.]

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