April 4th – Letter “C”
Movie – Chak De ! India (2007)
Language – Hindi
Genre – Sports-drama
Written – Jaideep Sahni
Director – Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
Produced – Aditya Chopra
Music Director – Salim Sulaiman
Cast – Shah Rukh Khan, Anaitha Nair, Tanya Abrol, Shilpa Shukla, Arya Menon, Shubhi Mehta, Chitrashi Rawat, Kimi Laldawla, Mosochon Zimik, Sandia Furtado, Nichola Sequeira, Sagarika Ghatge, Kimberly Miranda, Seema Azmi, Raynia Mascerhanas, Nisha Nair, Vidya Malvade.
Story – This is a story about a hockey player called Kabir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) who was the captain of Indian Men’s Hockey Team. The day of match between India & Pakistan, India losses the match. A photography in which the captain of the Indian team Kabir Khah shook hands with the Pakistan captain. The sportsmen ship gesture of the captain Kabir Khan was misinterpretation and he was questioned about his patriotism, he was accused to have cheated Indians by losing the game to Pakistan Team as he is a Muslim, he sold himself to the Pakistan team. This misinterpretation and accusation ended up in abolishing him
From the team, his family and neighbours insulted and disowned his mother (Jayashree Arora) and him, due to which he had to evacuate from his house.
After seven years, a long discussion between the Hockey Association Members. Who are sceptical but still decides to give Kabir Khan a chance in the Hockey Team. As the members of the hockey association felt that there is no scope for women’s team in hockey as women are only meant to be in the house cooking and taking care of family rather than playing on field. Finally the Hockey Association decides to give an opportunity to Kabir Khan by making him the coach for the Indian National Women’s Hockey Team.
Now comes the great challenge for Kabir Khan. How he struggles & uses this opportunity to redeem his lost dignity. Kabir Khan becomes the couch for 16 young women who are good tough players from different states. Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade), Preeti Sabarwal (Sagarika Ghatge) from Chandigarh, Komal Chautala (Chitrashi Rawat), a village girl from Haryana, Balbir Kaur (Tanya Abrol) from Punjab, Rani Dispotta (Seema Azmi) and Soimoi Kerketa (Nisha Nair), who are from remote villages in Jharkhand, Mary Ralte (Kimi Laldawla) from Mizoram, Molly Zimik (Masochon “Chon Chon” Zimik), from Manipur in North-East India, Bindia Naik (Shilpa Shukla), Gul Iqbal (Arya Menon), Nethra Reddy (Sandia Furtado), Gunjun Lakhani (Shubhi Mehta), Ailya Bose (Anaitha Nair), Rachna Prasad (Kimberly Miranda) from Bihar, Nichola Sequiera (Nichola Sequiera) from Maharashtra, Raynia Fernandes (Raynia Mascerhanas). These 16 young women have prejudice about each other, the difference, ego, religion, caste, has divided them. The struggle, the effort Kabir Khan puts in to train them taking them a good team wasn’t working due to the difference between the women. One of the team members who wants to be the captain tries to influence all the women and convinces them to sigh a letter stating they no longer need Kabir Khan as their couch accusing him to torture the girls by making them work out a lot at t he name of training. Kabir Khan agrees to quit being their couch and assures the girls to return back & then they can do whatever they want. On the last day as their coach he takes them out to give them a treat. In the restaurant there were two guys harassing Molly, seeing this Balbir Kaur goes slaps one of the guy and the guy attacks her back. Then all the women get together and fights back the guys for the harassing Molly. Kabir Khan allows the girls to fight with the guys and then once the fight ends, for the first time he sees a team. The women realizes their mistakes and asks him for forgiveness and tries to say they want him back as their couch but stands still with quilt. Kabir Khan understands and tells them to be on the field at 5 am the next morning for training.
Will the Indian Women’s Hockey Team get to play for India? How far the training of Kabir Khan would take the Women’s Hockey Team? Will Kabir Khan earn back his lost dignity? To know what happens next, watch the movie.
My Say on the Film – A movie that shows you, how a person suffers for years for a misinterpretation, a movie which shows, “Where there is will, there is a way”. How one’s struggle, hard work, dedication, honesty, sincerity shall pay one day. It shows us “Unity is Strength” and how to be a team, how all the members have to trust & stand for each other no matter what.
Closing Remarks – An inspiring movie is all that I can say as I go speechless for the great performance of each and every person in the movie. And yes, it is because of all the efforts of the entire crew that this movie was a huge success. Hats off to the entire team of “Chak De India”. A wonderful inspirational movie.