I know this is a lengthy post. I tried my level best to brief the story.
This is the story of a hardworking coach who once lost his world cup in hockey by chance and was treated as a cheater by media and authority.(after the last shot Kabir Khan falls down with utter sadness and the Pakistan captain gives him a hand to get up. It is illustrated by the media as a match-fixing). The speculation and prejudice exhibited towards Kabir forces him and his mother out of their ancestral home and into exile. After 7 years he comes back to coach the Indian women hockey team. And he is telling that he was preparing himself to coach these girls. The sports authority has no hope in Kabir (the coach) and his team. The main problem Kabir has to face was there was 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 urban snobs; the city-slickers think Chhattisgarh is a jungle, the seniors can’t bear the juniors stealing the limelight and petty camps create a virtual gang-war which even builds into a mutiny against the disciplinarian coach.
These are our 16 players
Komal Chautala (Chitrashi Rawat) from a village in Haryana conflicts with Preeti Sabarwal (Sagarika Ghatge) from Chandigarh whom she refers to as “memsaab”; tough girl Balbir Kaur (Tanya Abrol) from the Punjab has an extremely short temper and frequently loses it, especially during games, which causes the team to play one woman short. She also bullies Rani Dispotta (Seema Azmi) and Soimoi Kerketa (Nisha Nair), both from jungle villages in Jharkhand; and Mary Lalte (Kimi Laldawla) from Mizoram and Molly Zimik (Masochon “Chon Chon” Zimik) from Manipur (in North-East India) are both treated as “foreign” by virtually everyone they meet. Komal’s parents worry that her interest in hockey will destroy all hope of a good marriage; team captain Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade) is forced to choose between hockey and the wishes of her husband’s family; and Preeti’s boyfriend, the (fictional) vice captain of the India national cricket team, Abimanyu Singh (Vivan Bhatena), mocks her involvement with the team, telling her that her only important role is being his wife.
Kabir�s strictness and rough nature was intolerable for the girls. The girls wanted Kabir to go back and for that only they are ready to be a team. Kabir forced to resign and he gives a party to the girls at McDonald’s. There some boys try to abuse Mary and Molly and all girls started to fight with the boys and defeat them. It is a turning point for the team and in shame the girls beg Khan to stay as their coach. They start to practice very hard.
The team’s preparation receives a temporary setback, however, when hockey officials suddenly decide not to send the women’s team to Australia for The World Championship. Rather than concede to what he deems an unjust request, Khan demands a challenge match against men’s national team. If his team wins, Khan argues, they get to go to The World Championship. The officials agree, albeit reluctantly. Although the girls play a hard game during this challenge match, they ultimately lose 2-3 to the men’s team. Their vigor and spirit proved so inspirational, however, that the men’s team, in appreciation, raise their hockey sticks as a salute to them Thus, despite their loss, the officials agree to send the women’s team to Australia. The team gets an unexpected and thrilling victory. That leads the restoration of Khan�s good name. It also destroys the prejudices which once separated the girls and proves to their families and country the merit of women’s athletics. There are so many scenes to mention in this movie. The scene in which Komal allowed Preeti to stroke was one of them. (They were like great enemies till that time). Preeti rejects Abimanyu Singh (he lost his cricket world cup) says that she is concentrating more in hockey. This movie shows how unity will bring success.
The screenwriter Jaideep Sahni was inspired to create a film about the Indian Women’s Hockey Team after reading a short article about the winning of the Gold by the women’s team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Director Shamit Amin noted the lack of coverage of the women’s team by the media and that “there are a lot of odds these players are up against.” The story of Chak De was deeply inspired by the real life story of ex Chief National Coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik and his Indian Women’s hockey team’s real feat of winning the Commonwealth and many other championships.
Chak De India has won numerous awards including eight for Best Film from: The Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild, The Australian Indian Film Festival, The Billie Awards, The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), The Star Screen Awards, The UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards, The V. Shantaram Awards, and The Zee Cine Awards. It also received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie.
India Today describes Chak De India as, “the most feisty girl power movie to have come out of Bollywood ever. Chak De India was referenced as influential when the Indian Hockey Federation was suspended in April, 2008. Chak De India has included in foreign universities� MBA books as case study