De India focuses on Kabir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), an aged coach of
a girl's hockey team.
film also delves into the life of one of the girls in the team.
She is Vidya (Vidya Malvade), a Sikh girl who wants nothing more
than her parents' permission to join the hockey team.
Rukh Khan plays the character of a Muslim man, disturbed by the
sorrows of life - he returns to the game seven years after he was
disgracefully ousted as a hockey player.
wants nothing more than to see his country's flag held high with
the others during the hockey World Cup.
Vidya's parents are not at all happy when they learn that the girl's
hockey team is going to be coached by a man.
he (Shah Rukh Khan) coaches the girls and they eventually go to
Australia to play the women's hockey World Cup. It is here that
the girls' determination, dignity, integrity and skills are put
to the test.
team undergoes a rigorous exercise regime which is also being shot
to be telecasted on a reality show.
the girls, it is a chance to make their nation proud whilst for
their coach and mentor, it is a chance to reclaim his lost honour.
De India has been shot at various locations in Australia, including
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
shooting in stadiums, the movie's producers Yash Raj Films gave
out invitations to people to come and watch the shooting from the
stadium seats. In this way, they managed to film a stadium full
of crowds as hockey spectators.
film's musical score is by Salim-Suleiman. It is directed by Shimit
Amin who made the hard-hitting Ab Tak Chhappan.
film's six minute trailer is being screened with the film, Jhoom
Barabar Jhoom currently showing in the UK cinemas.
a nationwide this August 2007, Chak De India is said to be part
of the Film 4 Summer Screen programme.
film also forms the highlight of India Now, a three month season
starting on 17 July 2007 celebrating London's growing relationship
with India. The season also explores India's culture and its contribution
to life in London.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent