Chak De India, ChakDe – Hindi Movie synopsis, reviews, songs


Chak De India is a Bollywood film,directed by Shimit Amin starring Shahrukh Khan and Vidya Malvade in lead roles. The movie revolves around the story a hockey coach for a girl’s team and a young Sikh girl who wants to join the hockey team but does not get the approval of her parents.

Chakde India Girls Team


While the age old tussle for supremacy between cricket and other sports in Indian continues, there come a few gems who set themselves apart as sportsmen by their sheer will, grit, determination and passion, irrespective of the form of sport they play.

One such name is Meer Ranjan Negi.

Chak De India revolves around the story of a Hockey coach for a girl’s team, Meer Ranjan Negi , a player, who was charged with match fixing allegation in 1982 when India lost to Pakistan in the Asian Games in Delhi. Negi, later went on to coach the Women’s Hockey team that made India proud at the Manchester Common Wealth Games in 2002 by winning the Gold.


Jo nahin ho sakta hai, wahi to karna hai…

Chakde  Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) knows what it’s like to come back from the dead. The ex Indian Captain has now come back in the avatar of the Coach of the Indian Women’s National Hockey team. A team that exists more on paper and less in reality.

The team is a rag-tag bunch of girls with their own agenda. A bunch of girls who have forgotten what it is like to play for the love of the game. Of playing because you want glory for your country. Not because you want a pensioned job or a government flat. They have all forgotten the sharp thrill of just holding the hockey stick, keeping their eyes on the ball and playing for all they are worth. They have played every game but hockey to make sure they get selected every year in the Indian National team. But what does it really mean to play for the Indian National team? To play for India?

Mujhe sirf ek mulk ka naam sunaai deta hai – India

The girls have never known the thrilling energy of being Team India. Of giving their all to see their country’s name on a trophy. But Kabir Khan, once a captain, now forgotten, does. He knows what it takes to get there. And what it means to return empty handed. This time, he wants to make sure that it’s different. He knows there are no second chances. Despite his past, he believes that if only the girls played as one, anything would be possible.

Because Kabir Khan believes that it is not that we can’t win. It’s just that we have never believed we can.

Chak De India is the story of a coach’s fight of making his team, Team India by overcoming their diverse backgrounds, by learning to use everything that life hurls on them as a secret weapon. It’s a story about honesty, sincerity and integrity. A story to remind the nation of its National sport. .


The Coach

Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan

Once the hero of Indian Hockey, the best centre forward in the world, the man a nation found a hero in. And the man it sentenced to hell.

Now he has decided to make a last comeback to the game he once loved, to reclaim his lost honour and prove his point to the nation he still loves.

By doing the impossible.
Making a rag-tag bunch of loser girls a team.
And the World Champions.
The only problem is – it is easier said than done.

The Girls

Preeti Sabarwal

Position: Center Forward
Jersey Number: 9
Home State: Chandigarh

Preeti went to the best public schools, but on her way to the U.S. from there, took a sharp left towards the Punjab University and its hockey team for reasons best known to her. Chandigarh captain, she looks like a Princess and plays like the Terminator. The only one she is close to is her iPod. Would you then blame the rest of her mostly rural team-mates for calling her mem? She has a secret, but then, that’s a secret.

Komal Chautala

Position: Right In
Jersey Number: 8
Home State: Haryana

The Rohtak Express, also known as chhokra in her village for her tomboyishness, and as chhipkali in the field for her devious dribbling. Born to tough Jats, she has just one regret -that she wasn’t born a boy. But she’s doing all she can to make up, including not using make-up. Ever.

Bindia Naik

Position: Center Half
Jersey Number: 5
Home State: Maharashtra

Experience corrupts, and too much experience corrupts completely. A veteran of field positions, federation politics and award manipulations, she could make any team’s dirty tricks department proud, if she wasn’t the department herself in real life.

Vidya Sharma

Position: Goalie & Captain
Jersey Number: 18
Home State: Madhya Pradesh

Just married. And it already looks like she will have to divorce hockey. She knows this is probably her last tournament but can she give up hockey for marriage?

Balbir Kaur

Position: Left Defender
Jersey Number: 3
Home State: Punjab

Known as tataiya, bhootni, rakshas and ghatotkach on any given day depending upon what she has done lately, everybody in the team is terrified of her temper. Fearless, sometimes to the point of being brainless, she is the team’s main hope against the giant Australian girls and the ruthless Argentinean zagalonas. Heart of gold, in a body of armour-plated steel.

Aliya Bose

Position: Right Out
Jersey Number: 7
Home State: West Bengal

Sexy Aliya should have been born in the swinging seventies. The world is a winery of boys and she is the taster-in-chief. And she takes her job very seriously. In her spare time she also plays hockey. Unfortunately, she is good at it and so year after year, team managers and coaches have tolerated her.

Gunjan Lakhani

Position: Right Half
Jersey Number: 4
Home State: Andhra Pradesh

This Hyderabadi potti has seen it all, because she knows when to shut her eyes. Playing with seniors Bindia and Aliya has taught her only one thing there are more games off the field than on it. And a smart player knows how to stay out to stay in.

Rani Dispotta

Position: Right Defender
Jersey Number: 2
Home State: Jharkhand

Rani still remembers the time she moved from her jungle village to Ranchi Sports School. And that makes her an expert on how to handle the city-breds, or manhandle them if need be. She knows enough Hindi to offend anyone and enough English to defend herself, especially on the field.

Soimoi Kerketa

Position: Substitute
Jersey Number: 17
Home State: Jharkhand

From Jharkhand Grameen Adivasi Balika Kalyan Kendra Vidyalaya on the edge of Ghamorni jungle, straight New Delhi. Dicey Hindi and devious English confound her as much as hair-raising roads, blood-curdling cars and monstrous skyscrapers. Not to mention the other creatures around her who call themselves girls. But she knows what to do with a stick and a ball. That she knows.

Nethra Reddy

Position: Left Out
Jersey Number: 11
Home State: Andhra Pradesh

The grounds-man’s little daughter who grew up in stadiums among players and dreamt of being one herself. All she ever wanted to do was to make her dad proud and finally, she’s an inch away from her dream…

Gul Iqbal

Position: Left In
Jersey Number: 10
Home State: Uttar Pradesh

Hockey legend Mohammad Iqbal’s grand-daughter. Her family’s history is Indian Hockey’s history. And nobody ever lets her forget that. Whether she wants it or not.

Molly Zimik

Position: Left Half
Jersey Number: 6
Home State: Manipur

Mary Ralte

Position: Substitute
Jersey Number: 15
Home State: Mizoram

The talented hockey duo from the North East. Their school books taught them that they are Indians but Indians taught them otherwise. The only reason they play for the National team is that it is the only National team they can play for. They would love to belong but not to the team that calls them ‘foreign’, and definitely not to the people that call them ‘loose’. So they stick together and play. For the love of the game and the honour of their people.

Movie Review.

Can a film peddle patriotism, fight against the gender bias, rip apart class distinctions and make a valid criticism of regional chauvinism, minority bashing, all at the same time? Technically speaking, we would label such a film as sloganeering and would rubbish the filmmaker as a pamphleteer. But wo! what’s this. Director Shimit Amin not only manages to make the anhonee honi (impossible possible), he does it with a delicate sensitivity and sensibly steers clear of all cliches.

Okay, the rag tag ‘Bhartiya naari’ team does go the Lagaan way and notch the inconceivable victory, but it does it with many a tumble and a fall, making the film a winner all the way. And it does it with its rag tag (read unknown) team members who come from nowhere, only to grow into living, breathing giant slayers. Of course, the real goonda of the team (that’s what he calls himself) is coach Shah Rukh Khan, whose six day stubble lends him a maturity rarely seen before. Maybe, there were shades of it in Swades , but Chakde’s Kabir Khan remains one of Shah Rukh’s finest performances: measured, straight from the heart and minus all mannerisms. End result? He appeals straight to the heart… Like the rest of his team, Shah Rukh is the underdog too. Only this underdog has to fight off a double curse of a loser and a traitor. As captain of the men’s hockey team, he bears the allegation of having been the only Indian who played for Pakistan in the Men’s World Cup. No amount of sweat and toil can wipe out the ugly graffiti ‘Gaddar’ (traitor) that has been inscribed on his home and his heart. Now, several years later, he gets a chance for proving all those minority bashers wrong. His task is to coach the women’s hockey team; his dream is to make it win the World Cup, an impossible feat. Because, in the first place, there is no team, just a bunch of girls who have come together with a baggage of class, region and interpersonal rivalries. The small town girls hate the uber snobs; the city-slickers think Chhattisgarh is a jungle, the seniors can’t handle the juniors stealing the limelight and petty camps create a virtual gang-war which even builds into a mutiny against the disciplinarian coach. The only thing that brings them together is gender bias — something they all have faced at some point of their life — desh-bhakti and coach bhakti… Great performances by a bunch of unknowns, a gritty pace and a marvellous restraint make Chakde India an unbridled ode to patriotism without any hysterical chest-beating. And yes, for all you SRK fans and bashers, this time the verdict gotta be unanimous: Chakde Shah Rukh! Can you better this?


Review by Pavan Kumar, Siemens Bangalore.
Chakde India is a is very good movie , which I have seen after a long time. I really appreciate the effort and courage of director (shimit) and sharukh with such a different concept. One thing , I muck like about chake de is perfect screenplay and excellent performance from all. The film not includes any other side tracks like heroines, songs, comedy tracks etc..Its make you think about there are good games other than cricket. I wanted to see again the movie, and recommend my friends and colleagues. .

Blog by Shinto Kuttan
I am shinto kuttan and i ve played hockey for the kerala state team(under 18) in 1998.After leaving school in 2001 i ve never ever touched the hockey stick.After seeing this film i got some great nostalgic feelings of hockey.Its really true that you will remember the Great 70 minutes you cherish in a crutual game.I too feel that i ll be remembering them for my whole life.
For the first time i liked a Bollywood film made on sports.Normally we are shown some great sports films during our hockey camps.This film shows how every person who plays for a district/state/nation have different backgrounds, but once you enter the field as a team WE ARE ONE.Its been only 4 days that this film is been released but i ve seen it twice once from office other with friends.I liked the way its been pictured- to the point,no beating around the bush and no running around the trees.But an inspiring music which will glue you to your seats.Great cast where even the person who is checking the names of the candidates has a good role to play.Overall the one and only superhit of 2007.To be frank i never watched a Shahrukh’s film’s in theater.But now i think its time watch some of his films.
We played hockey because of only one person our coach Biju Lonan.He is the one who inspired all of us.He was like Kabir Khan(Sharukhan) he used to push us beyond our limits to get the best out of us.
Normally i won’t write anyblogs or support any films i am doing it for the first time.Normally you won’t see such big script from me not even in my answer sheets.
Chak De INDIA .

Review by Shireen Sultana, Effem India Pvt. Ltd Hyderabad
When I went to watch the movie last week, thanks to the not-upto-SRK & YRF-standards’ promos and the ugly-beard sporting, ageing Shahrukh, my expectations of the movie were rock bottom. Little did I know that I was in for a surprise, a shock, if you will. 30 minutes into the movie, and it dawned upon me that this was not going to be one of those now-you-see and now-you-forget flicks. It was here to stay, awhile.

Chak de India is more than just a potrayal of a sportsman’s will to play – and play to win. It is all and more of this – the modern day Indian woman’s ardent effort to show the men as to who wears the ‘knickers’ today and as to who can kick some ball (flick it, if you please) – her anguish to prove to the world (which probably still doesn’t go beyond her family, neighborhood or fraternity) and sometimes, to herself, that she too – can, and she will. A Muslim’s plea and cry to be recognized as a Indian – and just an Indian – who has the right to belong to this country and feel for it as much as anyone else, majority or no, does. A certain, neglected geography of the country’s humble and polite request to being seen, treated and respected as a citizen – and not a guest. A classic case study of what team building, team work and team effort is – of how a common goal is all that the team needs, with the will to fight and not necessarily just the means (needless to say, all our management professors’ must be burning midnight oil to come up with a team work case study, on the lines of Lagaan, for all those hapless b-school students to lap up). Shimit Amin, has proven that Bollywood (sorry Mr. Bachchan, but this is convenient!) is beyond dancing-around-trees and kissing-behind-flowers and has arrived –grandly.

Some moments are there for you to savour and re-live – a Northie’s understanding of South India – the ubiquitous ‘Madraas’ is anything that’s South of Bhopal idea, the sad-but-true fact of how Jharkand is nothing more than a misnomer to most of us, the lovely pot-shots at cricket (my personal favourite – ” kyunki hamaare hockey mein chakke nahin hote”), and many many more which even a not-so-discerning eye can spot and enjoy.

Not to say that the movie doesn’t have its downsides – the slackened first half of the second half, the out of work, Ray-Ban toting, immaculate white-shirt sporting Kabir Khan (who, incidentally, wears his helmet on his arm rather than his head – so much for a self-righteous national player), the unnecessary and very Yash-Raj-ish ‘maine-bhi-gaddaar-dekhna-hai’ sequence, and a few glitches which a die-hard SRK/sports’ fan could choose to ignore.

Much as I hate to admit, SRK does prove, a little too long after Swades, why he still is the ‘baadShah’ of Bollywood. As Kabir Khan, he awakens the long lost ‘once-smitten, twice-coy’ yesterday’s-teenage girl-turned-woman in you (to put things in perspective, I grew up watching Rahul woo all the Simrans, Poojas and Riyas of the world). SRK surely has come of age – and maturely at that. Would, however, like to remind him of the latest cola-commercial where he is referred to as ‘uncle’ by a youngster – stick to that and you’ll surely reign for a while to come Shah!

Shimit however deserves the most credit – a cherry picked cast (pray, tell me who else would fit into Komal Chautala and Balbir Kaur’s shoes better?), a strictly situational background score and music, a near-perfect choice of playback singers (who better than Sukhwinder Singh to touch that patriotic nerve?) and the bringing back to life of our very own ‘Wagle ji’, as the disdainful and loathsome Chairman of the association. He had me cheering and clapping (and wanting to whistle!) after a long time – the first and last being for Lagaan.

For all of you who thought Deepak Dobriyal (Rajju of Omkara fame, for the uninitiated) was up there, make way for these ladies – for we see more than one contender for the Special jury Recognition Award this year. Watch out men in blue – the ladies are out to give you a run for your money!

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Music Review.

Chak De India : Here is the title song of the movie sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant and Marianne DCruz. The song ahas been beutifully written and is very energetic. Lyrics of the title song Chak De India is somewhat patriotic.
Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke : The song introduces all the team members of the hockey team. Shahrukh narrates the words for each and every member, followed by a interesting narration by the players themselves. “Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke” has been sung by Shah Rukh Khan and KK.
Bad Bad Girls : Another solo track crooned by the “Golmaal girl” Anushka Manchanda. The rhythm of Bad Bad Girls song is cool and different. It manages to hold your attention as the voice and music both work synchronising each other.
Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan : This one is just okay okay, nothing special in it. Has been sung by Krishna & Salim Merchant. Though the lyrics are good but the song as a whole is not that attractive and soulful.
Sattar Minute : Yeah you guessed it right Sattar Minutes are pointing to those crucial seventy minutes of the hockey game. Shahrukh khan narrates this song Sattar Minute to motivate the women hockey team just before a big hockey match.
Badal Pe Paon Hai : A beautiful song in the melodious voice of Hema Sardesai. Though this song is good one but other numbers are far more better than this one with an exception of Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan.

Song Lyrics

Chak de India title song is rocking the charts these days. Here are the lyrics of this energetic track ..

kuch kariye
kuch kariye
nuss nuss meri khaule…
hoye kuch kariye
kuch kariye
kuch kariye
buss buss bada bole…
ab kuch kariye
koi to chal zidd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
koi to chal zadd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
chak de…
ho chak de india
chak de…
ho chak de india

nowhere to run nowhere to hide
this is the time to do it now

goonjon mein galiyon mein
ration ki phalliyon mein
mahalon mein beejon mein
id-on mein teej-on mein
raeton ke daano mein
filmon ke gaano mein
sadkon ke gaddon mein
baaton ke addon mein
hunkara aaj bhar lein
dus baarah baar kar lein
rehna na yaar peeche
kitna bhi koi kheenche
tass hai na
mass hai ji
zidd hai to ho
zidd hai ji
pisna yuhin
pisna yuhin
pisna yuhin
bas kariye….
koi to chal zidd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
koi to chal zadd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
chak de…
ho chak de india
chak de…
ho chak de india

nowhere to run nowhere to hide
this is the time to do it now

ladtee patangon mein
bhidti umangno mein
khelon ke melon mein
balkhati railon mein
ganno ke meethe mein
phakkar mein cheente mein
dhundo to mil jaaye
patta wohi jo mein
rang aisa aaj nikhre
aur khul ke aaj bikhre
mann gaaye aisi boli
rugg rugg mein jal ke boli
tass hai na
mass hai ji
zidd hai to
zidd hai ji
pisna yuhin
pisna yuhin
pisna yuhin
bas kariye….
koi to chal zidd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
koi to chal zadd fariye
doobe, kariye ya mariye
chak de…
ho chak de india
chak de…
ho chak de india

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