He plays a disgraced national hockey player who takes
over as coach of the Indian national women’s hockey
Akbar Khan was removed from the national hockey team and
pushed into wilderness after being accused of doping.
Year’s later the man is recalled after many big
names refuse to take up the mantle of the national women’s
hockey team coach because of the absolute rut that the
sport is in; no one wants to set foot in the swamp. Only
one man accepts; a middle aged, tired looking, stubble
sporting SRK unlike the smiling energetic, youthful SRK
that we are used to seeing on screen. How he takes 15
young Indian ladies to the Hockey world cup is the story
of the film.
In case you have not yet heard about such a movie coming
up you are certainly in the minority. For the benefit
of the people in that minority the title of the film:
Chak De India. Simply put this sounds like the Nike logo
(Just do it!).
The movie releases on August the 10th and Bollywood eagerly
looks forward for their biggest star to deliver the biggest
hit of the year. The question is whether the new look,
underplayed SRK will be accepted by the fans. So far,
anything different has been accepted in 2007, out of the
ordinary seems to be the flavor of the year.
One final very interesting byte: a few senior hockey players
feel that the release of this movie might just help the
national sport regain its lost popularity. How many of