SPOILERS.... First off I have to say that Im extremely lucky to have found the day and place to watch the film here in NY. I drove all the way to Farmingdale, which is about 30 mintues and about a quarter tank of gas during my work break to watch the film. I then called in sick because Im only allowed an hour but it was completely worth it! I have to say that in all the films of his that I have watched, this one stands apart from the rest. True, that all of his performances are very different from one another (no matter what the media and the critics say), but there was something about this one that makes it special. When I first heard of the story, I had a feeling that it wouldnt have that much of an impact on the audiences like DON and Devdas and many of his other films did because it wasnt the "usual" SRK performance. I heard many people say that no doubt he is the best at romance, but he still has time to become versatile, but Im proud that this film made people's perspective change. The opening of the film was fabulous, and it was right to the point. You feel the rush that Kabir feels as he is about to attempt to win the match against Pakistan. But unfortunately he doesnt win it. The pain in his eyes kills you but what I loved was the fact that he was the only one from the team to congratulate the winning team. Which leads to the major problem...people say that the match was fixed because Kabir decided to take the penalty shot being the captain and all and the fact that he is Muslim made people doubt if he played kosher. The pain you feel for Kabir is so genuine and when that person wrote Gadaar (traitor) on his house, you felt as hurt as he did. Then he makes the comeback and youre excited all over again. You can see the passion for the game in his eyes. He is witty and confident that he can change the association's train of thought and prove that women can and deserve to play hockey. I love how strict he was because it added a lot to his attidude and character, especially when he told Sabrawal that if she wanted to be on the team she had to run 2 kilometers in 10 mintues and then maybe he would allow her (because she was late). His partiotism was beautiful, it made all the desis in the theatre sweel with pride. All of the girls were fabulous. I loved Balbir, Komal, even Bindia. Vidya was sweet, very promising in her acting. Soi Moi was cute as well along with the other girls. Though I hated Bindia and her arrogance but it worked out for her well. Man and that scene where she tries to seduce Kabir was HOT!!! But of course, he wasnt interested. I loved his answer to her question about what Vidya had that she didnt...he was like, you answered your own question. You feel the want to understand the sport and to play it. You feel proud to be an Indian and you feel proud to be a woman. Women in India havent always been given the chance to do what they have wanted. Each character had a personal problem to face being a woman. One was getting married, one was married, one was told that they cannot play because they are women and that they belong in the kitchen. I loved the way each girl proved them wrong. The togetherness they shared was awesome, especially when Balbir stood up and smacked the guy that was hitting on the other teammates. But although the girls were the major players in the film, SRK overpowers everything once again. I mean I know he was the main lead but he wasnt in the film as much as he was in the other films. I know there is no room for comparison but being that he wasnt there much, he conveyed so much by doing so little and thats what proves to everyone time and time again that he is a versatile actor, he is the best at what he does because he feels it. Overall I think this was even more powerful than Swades although one is in no place to compare the two films. Maybe he may win an award for this film, maybe he may not, but for sure people will watch the film with pride, and they will be very proud of his performance. It shows because most of the people in the cinema hall werent even indian. There were some Chinese, Japanese, Europeans, etc... When I was walking out of the theatre one African American ticket collector asked me and my friends if the movie was good. It was the only Hindi Film playing at the theatre. We told him it was in Hindi (thinking he wouldnt care anyway), but he was like yeah I know. I watch them. I told him it was awesome. He asked, "Was it better than DHOOM?" I said, "There is no comparison. Chak de is in its own league." He was like, "Shahrukh is the actor right?" I said "yes." It amazed me to hear his reaction, "I dont expect anything else than the best from him, but people today have seemed to be in loss of such intensity and emotion... Im watching the next show." When I was watching the ending credits, it was awesome to see that the original teams from England and Australia were playing and I thought that was nice because it made it more real. Shimit Amin, as I heard, is an American. He learned Hindi as he worked on the film, and I must say that its amazing to see something so patriotic from someone who wasnt even born in India, though its not surprising, because the NRI's also have that love for India, Im sure. But its amazing to see what a beautiful film was put together by someone who didnt even speak the language. Hats off to him and more success and good luck to them! I felt so proud, if SRK was in front of me I would have kissed him! (I would anytime ) Overall, 10/10. Great film! CHAK DE INDIA!!!!