Friday, August 17, 2007

Chak De! India - Movie Review

Apun Ka Choice: Chak De! India is a beautifully made film that makes you laugh, makes you cry, gives you goose bumps, and stirs up patriotism inside you.

It's the talent and determination of the well characterised female cast that breathes life into Chak De! India.

Chak De! India is a compelling film to watch and much of its charm lies in those wonderful scenes between the 16-odd girls who make up coach Kabir Khan's underdog team.

It is this 'simply clad' SRK who surpasses himself playing the protagonist. There's no gloss, nor glamour, no skimpily clad women, nor item numbers. In short, there's no fluff, this film is heavy on content, and scores big time!

Hindustan Times:
Shah Rukh Khan is outstanding - it's a performance that is comparable and at points even more internalised than the one in Swades. He carries the proverbial burden of the project on his shoulders. Intense and steel-like, he stays in character throughout, shunning any traces of glamour.

IndiaFM: SRK is the soul of Chak De! India. A performance that's sure to go down as one of his finest works so far.

Movie Talkies:
A Winner all the Way!

New York Times:
The director, Shimit Amin, strikes a buoyant, propulsive tone, replacing the customary Bollywood production numbers with exhilarating musical montages of team practice. The film's greatest merit is its commentary on sexism in India.

Now Running:
SRK does pack in a punch. Gritty, intense and dramatic, he hits all the right buttons in a role he sinks his teeth into without distracting from the rest of the film.

The fit of Shah Rukh as a hockey coach - inspiring, canny, frustrated, helpless and profoundly hopeful - is so naturally perfect that it's a wonder he hasn't done a sports film before.

Times Of India:
Chak De! India's Kabir Khan remains one of Shah Rukh's finest performances: measured, straight from the heart and minus all mannerisms. Great performances by a bunch of unknowns, a gritty pace and a marvellous restraint make Chak De! India an unbridled ode to patriotism without any hysterical chest-beating.

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