Chak De India is a 2007 Hindi movie starring Shah Rukh Khan as Kabir Khan, a former hockey player who becomes the coach of the Indian women's national hockey team. The movie is directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra. It is a sports drama that showcases the struggles and triumphs of a diverse group of girls who overcome their personal and professional differences to play for their country.
The movie was a critical and commercial success, winning several awards and accolades. It also sparked a national resurgence of interest in hockey, with sales of hockey sticks shooting up by 30% after its release. The movie is widely regarded as one of the best sports movies ever made in India, and one of Shah Rukh Khan's finest performances.
The movie begins with Kabir Khan, the captain of the Indian men's hockey team, missing a crucial penalty against Pakistan in the final of the World Cup. He is accused of being a traitor and selling out his country, especially because he is a Muslim. He is ostracized by the media and the public, and leaves his ancestral home in shame.
Seven years later, he returns as the coach of the Indian women's hockey team, which is a rag-tag bunch of girls with their own agendas and egos. They have no respect for him or for each other, and they play only for their own selfish reasons. Kabir Khan faces resistance from the hockey federation, which does not support him or the women's team. He also faces hostility from some of his former teammates, who still blame him for their loss.
Kabir Khan decides to train the girls in his own way, using unconventional methods and tough discipline. He makes them realize that they have to play as one team, not as individuals. He also makes them understand what it means to play for India, and to have pride and passion for their country. He takes them to various tournaments across India, where they face various challenges and opponents. They gradually improve their skills and teamwork, and also bond with each other.
The movie culminates in the World Cup in Australia, where the Indian women's team faces several strong teams, including Australia, Korea, Argentina, and Pakistan. They manage to reach the final against Australia, where they face a hostile crowd and a biased umpire. They are also under immense pressure from their families and the media, who expect them to fail. Kabir Khan motivates them with an inspiring speech before the match, telling them to forget everything else and just play their best.
The final match is a nail-biting thriller, with both teams scoring goals and fighting hard. The match goes into a penalty shootout, where Kabir Khan chooses Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade), a senior player who has been struggling with her personal life, to take the final shot. She scores the winning goal, and the Indian team erupts in joy. Kabir Khan is vindicated of his past accusations, and he hugs his team with tears in his eyes. The movie ends with a montage of the team celebrating their victory with their families and fans.
Chak De India is a movie that transcends its genre and becomes a powerful statement on patriotism, feminism, secularism, and humanism. It portrays the diversity of India through its characters, who come from different regions, religions, castes, classes, and backgrounds. It also shows the discrimination and prejudice that they face from society, especially as women in a male-dominated sport. The movie challenges the stereotypes and biases that plague Indian society, and shows how they can be overcome by unity and solidarity.
The movie also explores the themes of redemption, courage, leadership, and teamwork. It shows how Kabir Khan redeems himself from his past by coaching the women's team to glory. It shows how he transforms from a disgraced player to a respected coach, who earns the trust and admiration of his team. It shows how he leads them by example, by being strict but fair, by being supportive but challenging, by being humble but confident. It shows how he teaches them to be courageous in facing their fears and doubts,