Chak de India is a story of a 'Player turned coach' who is fighting with his own world and the world outside to prove his piety and his undying dedication towards his nation ... a nation which has forlorn him and wrongly labeled him 'A Traitor' .
Chak de India is a story of the bunch of girls marshal together for Indian Hockey National team, who are though seemingly like one unit, but yet are entirely Sparrow and Hens to each other.
Chak de India is a story of fighting with adversities and coming through with punching thy fist and telling this world, you don't have dead veins to dream.
...And indeed chak de is something about more, perhaps, pretty more. Its all the fun, a joyride and an horrible canvas of stupid sports administration in india, which still has loosely screwed orthodoxical mindset which still horrifically believes that Its only men who can run this world and women are merely a birth machine or cooking institute.
Last week, i got the chance to view this marvelous masterpiece. but sadly, i was the only one who went to the movie theatre, despite of building all the plans to watch the movie with my Sister and her husband, and my parents.
The movie was good and had a decent pace, but i really somehow believe that this movie would otherwise have been successful even if Mr. Shahrukh would have been left off from this. i know some of my blog readers would find it offensive if they are really shahrukh "chak de" khan devotees, but i still feel that "Aamir" or "Saif" could also have done the justice to the role.
I liked the way the director flaunted the difference in culture. we often say that "unity in diversity" but do we really mean it? Do we really call us Indians before calling us delhi-ites or mumbai-ites? An eye-awakener, truly!
As for the girls being casted, i truly appreciate the way each girl gave their solid performance. They were above the par, and only after coming out of the theatres i was forced to believe that most of them were actually related to the Hockey in first place, and they didn't had anything to do with acting before appearing in this movie! Be it the bubbly girl from haryana .."Miss chautala" or be the "Bashing Kaur" or be it "The cutest of all eyes .. Preeti sabbarwal" every character came to life in these thorough 3 hours. Shahrukh was as immaculate and unblemished as ever. I truly like the way he said to all girls " I only know one thing "I-N-D-I-A"
The only thing i missed in this movie were good dialogues, watching bollywood ishtyle-ed movies over long period of time, we are used to the good effective, blood pumping dialogues, but sadly there were rare in this classic. Probably few readers would contest against me for this, as they would have liked the Shahrukh's pre-Final Speech to the team .. "Yeh Sattar Minute". but i felt as if it sadly became a remainder of an thoughtless attempt to present some sensational array of inspirational words.
Neverthless, i would give 8 starts to this out of 10, and would suggest every single Indian to go and watch this movie. I am sure you also won't mind being extravagant while writing one review like this in your blog. Till then .... "Chak De ...& Vande Matram!"
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY