Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika
Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, Shilpa Shukla
Director: Shimit Amin
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Chak De India' is the story
of a coach's fight to make his team, Team India, the
best in the world. It is a film about self-belief,
perseverance, determination and the human spirit to
fight and win.
The movie is about a disgraced hockey player, called
Kabir Khan, pulling together a team of misfits to do the
impossible - winning the World Hockey Championship.
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 of 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, now
Kabir Khan knows what it takes to get there. And what it
means to return empty handed. This time, he wants to
make sure that it's different. He knows there are no
The 16 girls representing
Indian Women's Hockey Team
Kabir, India's most successful Centre Forward of all
time, bungles a crucial penalty and is castigated by the
nation - as Pakistan win the cup.
later, this never-say-die Kabir Khan is raring to go. His
plan is simple: to start from the very bottom of the
Indian Women's Hockey Team whose administrators aren't
even serious in their approach looking for a coach.
His has taken
seriously the task of coaching the bunch of 16
indisciplined non-actresses, trying to keep up with him.
And pushes them hard.
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.
Khan, of course, is King. This is a bravura performance, a
gritty drive by an actor who clearly has sport in his
blood. The fit of Shah Rukh as a hockey coach --
inspiring, canny, frustrated, helpless and profoundly
hopeful -- is so naturally perfect that it's a wonder he
hasn't done a sports film before.
The film is shot nicely, the direction is superb, and it
is a perfectly good sporting film, and its a fine,
true-blooded sports movie though, and deserves applause.
girls playing for their country we have an experienced and
arrogant Bindia (Shilpa Shukla), attractive, ego-driven
Preeti (Segarika Ghatge), the massive Punjabi girl Balbir
(Tanya Abrol), and the Tendulkar-sized, defiant Komal
(Chitrashi Rawat). Also very good efforts from -- Vidya
Malvade who plays almost-sobbing homemaker Vidya; the
pretty Anaitha Nair is Aliya - and ofcourse very dedicated
performances from the other girls.
It's a story
about honesty, sincerity and integrity.
A story to remind the nation of its National sport.
- Pawan Gupta
Kabir Khan: Shah Rukh Khan
Vidya Sharma: Vidya Malvade, Jersey Number: 18 Position:
Goalie and Captain
Preeti Sabarwal: Sagarika Ghatge, Jersey Number: 9, Position:
Komal Chautala: Chitrashi Rawat, Jersey Number: 8, Position:
Bindia Naik: Shilpa Shukla, Jersey Number: 5, Position: Center
Balbir Kaur: Tanya Abrol, Jersey Number: 3, Position: Left
Aliya Bose: Anaitha Nair, Jersey Number: 7, Position: Right
Gunjan Lakhani: Shubhi Mehta, Jersey Number: 4, Position:
Rani Dispotta: Seema Azmi, Jersey Number: 2, Position: Right
Soimoi Kerketa: Nisha Nair, Jersey Number: 17, Position:
Nethra Reddy: Sandia Furtado, Jersey Number: 11, Position:
Gul Iqbal: Arya Menon, Jersey Number: 10, Position: Left In
Molly Zimik: Masochon V. Zimik
Mary Ralte: Kimi Laldawla.
Banner : Yash Raj Films Presenter : Yash Chopra
Producer : Aditya Chopra Executive Producer : Aashish Singh
Music Director : Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Lyricist : Jaideep Sahni
Story Writer : Jaideep Sahni, Shimit Amin
Screenplay Writer : Jaideep Sahni
Editor : Amitabh Shukla
Art Director : Sukant Panigrahy
Costume Designer : Mandira Shukla, Shiraz Siddique, Aki Narula
Sound Designer : Manas Choudhary
Line Producer : Padam Bhushan
Choreographer : Ganesh Acharya
Publicity Designer : Fayyaz Badruddin
Photographer : Sudeep Chatterjee
Visual Effects : Red Chillies Entertainment
Associate Director : Karan Kashyap