A film with chutzpah

24 Aug

Chak de

 I watched this film   this week and truly enjoyed it. It may be that I enjoyed it because it is about games and I am a sports positive person. It may be because it is “all about loving the game and the country…” (A la K Jo). I can’t say I am crazy about king Khan either.

I do like him. The film is all of the above but it has something else that captured our interest.

An extra zing of believing in the underdog, a spice of rooting for the spirited, a dash of triumph of the under-rated, an essence of “we shall overcome..’-the film has these too. V and I roared with laughter at times and sat at the edge of the chair at times, clapped and cheered at other times. The whole theatre was reverberating with joy and cheering. It was as if one was witnessing a match, it s run-up and its post victory celebrations.

The scene where the Indian girls enter the banquet hall in the pre-final   reception was one I can’t forget. The girls come in dressed in beautiful   , traditional off-white saris compared to the Aussies in black cocktail dresses. The entire theatre applauded (and this happened in a Goan theatre where a person wearing Western clothes is common!) I was getting goose bumps. I was touched by the gesture-both on screen and off screen.

The redemption of Kabir Khan, his return to his ancestral house is shown very well. I enjoyed every minute of the movie. I watched it on the day after the sixtieth Independence Day. So it was extra special I guess.  The game of Hockey will certainly receive a boost if this film is shown to the powers that hold the reigns of the country’s sports bodies .I am sure more kids will view Hockey in a different light after seeing this movie.

I fervently hope we will get more sponsors for this wonderful game. Let us bring back the golden glory of Hockey wins to our country.


9 Responses to “A film with chutzpah”

  1. Anand Balaji August 26, 2007 at 8:47 am #

    Yeah I’ve heard it’s an awesome film. yet to watch it though! Thanks for your write-up… am geared up to rent the DVD today itself:)
    It’s about time Hockey, which incidentally is our national sport, is giving its due.

  2. destinationsrik August 29, 2007 at 7:26 am #

    wow! I need to watch it asap. Most of my friends have watched it, but me missed….

    I like srk for i can also shorten my name to srk 😉
    Also, his antics in Swadesh bowled me over, especially in a scene where a water boy is selling water for 25 paise in a railway station….. heart touching! And I guess Chak de is great as well. Let me ‘check le’ this first.

  3. neela August 29, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    srik: amul has come up with chak le for its butter.
    you are close.
    brilliant minds think alike..alvaa.

  4. Anand Balaji August 29, 2007 at 5:02 pm #

    Hmmm… yet another instance of ‘me’ being overlooked in the comments segment. Thanks:(

    My Wheel is indeed Blue:(

  5. neela August 30, 2007 at 6:31 am #

    i will comment after you see the movie and write your comments.

  6. Anand Balaji August 30, 2007 at 5:58 pm #


  7. Anand Balaji August 30, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    Btw, there’s no such thing as a “bad Shahrukh film”. Gods don’t make mistakes. SRK is one…

  8. neela August 31, 2007 at 3:44 am #

    ‘anjaam’ kya hoga is statement ka? ‘ramjaane’ !!

  9. Anand balaji September 1, 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    Lekin isko kaha hai maine Dil Se. Kehne ki jaldi ti… kaun jaane, Kal Ho Na Ho:) Phir bhi, sach kehene mein Darr kyon?

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