“Yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge”. This momentous line of Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De India can never be forgotten. A decade ago, on this day, came a movie, Chak De India, that gave our country a much needed sports anthem and changed the way women athletes and hockey are viewed and perceived in the nation. Directed by Shimit Amin and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Chak De India remains one of the cult films in Bollywood that paved the way for many sports based dramas.
Celebrating the 10 years of this cult movie, here we give you five facts about the film you didn't know.
1. It was the victory of the Indian Women's Hockey team in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and also the Asia Cup that inspired Jaideep Sahani to write Chak De India. Earlier he decided to write a book on it, but later on he felt it would be better off as film. He actually met the winning team, the coach and the staff, before writing the film.
2. Before the release of the film, the makers screened it to friends and families and unanimously everyone had written it off. They said it's not like a mainstream film. But the makers didn't have time to re-shoot, so they went ahead and released the movie on the scheduled date. Much to their surprise, the film clicked with the audiences and from the first week itself it turned out to be a blockbuster.
3. Shah Rukh Khan was not the first choice to play coach Kabir Khan. The role was first offered to John Abraham but for unknown reasons, he rejected it. The role then was then offered to Salman Khan, who too rejected it due to creative differences. Interestingly, when Shah Rukh was approached, he instantly said yes to play Kabir Khan in the film.
4. Frieda Pinto auditioned for the role of one of the girls in the film and bagged it too, but later chose to do Slumdog Millionaire instead.
5. All the girls in the film were trained in hockey for 4 months so that they get the feel of the game and understand the emotions of being a Hockey player. A camp was set up to train the girls.
Chak De India took Indian Women's Hockey from nowhere to somewhere for sure.
Written By: Mansi Gupta | Post Date: 11 Aug 2017