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MovieReview:Chak De India(☼☼☼☼)

Film Cast: Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan,Vidya Malvade as Vidya Sharma,Sagarika Ghatge as Preeti Sabarwal,Chitrashi Rawat as Komal Chautala,Shilpa Shukla as Bindia Naik,Tanya Abrol as Balbir Kaur,Anaitha Nair as Aliya Bose,Shubhi Mehta as Gunjan Lakhani,Nisha Nair as Soimoi Kerketa,Sandia Furtado as Nethra Reddy,,Arya Menon as Gul Iqbal,Masochon V. Zimik as Molly Zimik,Kimi Laldawla as Mary Ralte,
Presenter : Yash Chopra , Banner : Yash Raj Films, Tagline – Sometimes winning is everything,Producer :Aditya Chopra , Director: Shimit Amin

what makes a great film? And why is latest Yash Raj films – Chak De India so highly regarded?

First are the obvious reasons: Excellent performances, direction, screenplay, etc. Second, great movies are the type that can be watched over and over again and never get old. Third, great movies are often remembered because they make a statement. They are not just entertaining in the usual sense, but they make some important statement that makes them stand out in one’s memory.

A great film like Chak De India made a clear contribution to the development of the game that every Indian dreams that one day their memorable hockey past glory has future. And the movie will have lasting importance until we get that glory back.

Chak De India is bracingly innovative. Every moment of it seems to be pushing the boundaries of what Bollywood was doing.The story itself is inward rather than outward meaning going against Bollywood rhetoric of hero fighting against Indian villains who are friends with bad elements of Pakistan or some other neighboring country.Director points to the narrative structure that employs a state to state differences and the perspectives of many characters on one national game, the Hockey; the use of talent where the camera achieves sharp focus up close and in the background when the game is on; and director’s thrilling real game like shots where all actors (players) performed scenes in a much cleaner way that Bollywood ever witnessed and is atypical in Indian cinema.

Now this is the Sharukh Khan I know and love. Darr, DDLJ… and now chalk up another totally different calculatingly no super-hero like masterful performance.First off the main performance by Sharukh as Kabir Khan is amazing. This is the performance that I had little doubts that if he is capable of, complicated, passionate and serious, none of this romantic lines that he uttered in all his previous movies. Here we have a marvelous performance that Sharuk spins as we watch Kabir’s helplessness to show his love for the game and to erase betrayal stain mark which is not an easy task for any actor. Kabir is a true full heart hockey lover,we see how he trys out hockey by playing with objects on coffee tables and who was trying to sow a seed in all players that they are playing for a nation not for states.

Also I felt director dragging the cricket controversies into the game is done rightly showing the egos of popularity at play between these two games.

If you are still not convinced that this is a five star movie – here is another one
How often we see movie watchers (specially desis) disciplinedly sitting to the last title on the screen ? Never , This is what I witnessed for the first time that people are reluctant to get up from their seats until they saw last title of the movie Chak De India on big screen.If you happen to watch movies in US one very well knows that there are no intermissions.People usually with large sodas visit rest rooms once or twice during three hours of movie.But Chak De India out of 300+ crowd in the second week there are very few people you see walking towards exit during the movie time.

Dislikes: I thought director mistreated Jharkhand state quite a few times to highlight its backwardness which I feel is against reality.

I recommend this movie highly and when released in DVD’s do add it to your must buy DVD list.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: September 1, 2007 | Categories: Movies

0 Responses to MovieReview:Chak De India(☼☼☼☼)

  1. Movie Mazaa says:

    Great review, Kalyan!!
    I loved the film as well!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    i have seen the film THat is Chak Da India
    that film is quit intresting
    only baced on hardwork
    it is only a leasson that
    pratice makes a man perfect

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