Listen
On Now : Raj and Pablo
Playing: D Se Dance by Vishal Dadlani & Shalmali Kholgade
Image for Dhyan Chand

Listen now 30 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Dhyan Chand

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 May 2012

Dhyan Chand was an Indian field hockey player, considered as one of the greatest players of all time. Born in August 1905, he died aged 74 in 1979. In this 5 part series on his all time heroes, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan talks about how the three times Olympian inspired him in life.

The actor reveals what he's learnt from Dhyan's accomplishments. "Success is not something that can be passed on. The greatest of people, the most successful of people perhaps will never be able to teach their children or their colleagues, to be as successful as they were."

Even though the Bollywood star didn't get to meet him in life, he fondly remembers sitting under a statue of his idol at the national stadium in New Delhi while he was growing up. Shah Rukh recalls that's where his interest in learning more about the great Dhyan Chand began.

He goes onto explain he decided to play the role of hockey coach Kabir Khan in the film Chak De! India because he wanted the world to share his passion for the game.

Finally, Shah Rukh discusses how Dhyan's inspiration stretches wider than sport, saying "just in case you can't achieve success in the field you want to, there are always going to be opportunities which will allow you do so later on. So don't give up.".

Music Played

6 items
  • Untitled

    Part 2: Dhyan Chand

  • Chak De India Chak De India

  • Chale Chalo Lagaan

  • Jukebox Hero Foreigner

  • Korbo Lobo Jeetbo Kolkata Knight Riders Theme Song

  • Ruk Jaana Nahin Imtihaan

Broadcasts

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss