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FLASHBACK 2007 - The religion factor in 'Chak De! India'

Discussion in 'Chak De India' started by Wafa, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    By Prithwish Ganguly
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - The magic recipe that helped "Chak De! India" score at the Bollywood box-office comprised women's hockey, a dash of patriotism -- and its Muslim protagonist.

    Director Shimit Amin says the film appealed to audiences because it depicted a Muslim hockey player being ridiculed and branded a traitor only because of his religion.

    "The religion bias gave the necessary dramatic twist to the plot," says Amin. "People … could relate to it because you have so many instances of people ridiculed and harassed because they belong to a particular race or religion."

    In the film, Shah Rukh Khan plays the Muslim captain of the Indian men's team who misses a do-or-die penalty shootout against arch rival Pakistan in the final of a world championship, triggering charges of match-fixing and leading to his ouster.

    But he returns seven years later as the coach of a ragtag women's national team and guides them to victory at a world championship.
    Amin said that the religion factor gave the film a "sense of reality and enhanced the appeal and sensitiveness of the script".
    "Kabir (Khan) is relatable and so when he redeems himself, the audiences also feel his emotions, his relief from being (called) a traitor to his country."

    To make "Chak De! India" even more believable, the director did away with song-and-dance routines and took the rare step of not having a conventional heroine in the film.

    "It was all for the sake of making the script look real," says Amin. "You don't expect a disgraced player struggling to earn his respect to sing and dance when he is in a disturbed state of mind."

    Not that there were no women in "Chak De! India". There were 16 of them, with little or no experience of acting, essaying the roles of hockey players from different states.

    But the film doesn't explore the possibility of a relationship between one of the players and their coach.

    "Kabir Khan's only love is hockey and so having a heroine was also not required."

  2. tweetytwinkl

    tweetytwinkl Well-Known Member

    AW: FLASHBACK 2007 - The religion factor in 'Chak De! India'

    thanks for sharing wafa - great article that has a good point!
  3. arsniyas

    arsniyas Sirf Shahrukh Khan

    i think this is any idea ...
    but you think what ? you think chak de needed a love story or no? :heart:
    i think this was not bad :D
  4. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    chak de india had a really good story
  5. apurva

    apurva New Member

    no.. i dont think so.... i mean..all shahrukh movies hv had a love story in them.... this story was completely different ... something really nice.. a very hatt ke to shahrukh's other movies... n aggar love story hoti.. to aisi nhi rehti..... it's fab d way it is....
  6. polyn

    polyn Active Member

    Loved the movie. I also think a love story wasn't needed. Thanks for sharing.
  7. RizwanaShahrukh

    RizwanaShahrukh I love SRK

    i agree! who needs a heroine when u have SRK! :rolleyes:

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