Friday, August 17, 2007

Chak De India !
A truly amazing sports film coming under YashRaj's banner. After a long time a film which catches the essence of sportsmanship, team spirit and above all the joy of winning. It's comparable to the masterpieces like "Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar", "Lagaan:Once Upon a Time In India" and "Bend It Like Beckham".

In brief, the film touched chord with me. It reminds me of the days when I was playing Hockey for IITG.

I feel the film nicely touched upon the following issues:
1) The sorry state of the sports infrastructure in India with the sports association itself politically motivated and bureaucratic in attitude. They themselves seem to lack belief in the players and it's more prominent in case of a women's team. The situation cannot be worse for hockey, which even happens to be our National sport.
2)Team Spirit -- Playing in a team and not being under self ego, one can beat any opponent, even if they may be having better infrastructure like training facilities.
3)We still recognize ourself by the state or caste we belong to rather than being recognized as an Indian.
4)NorthEastern States -- How the general people in Delhi / other Indian mainland view the people from the NE bordering states. It's a shame that they are still viewed as aliens or guests in their own country's capital. The only solution to this problem lies in ending their isolation and making moves for a possible larger integration and understanding of the people of NE by those in the mainland.
5)Cricket is the only sport in India which gets all the support, attention, fame, money, etc.

In brief, a film which teaches us sportsman spirit and how sometimes winning is everything that matters.

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