Chak De India is a 2007 sports film, directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra, with a screenplay written by Jaideep Sahni, sports scenes choreographed by Rob Miller, and music by Salim–Sulaiman.
It tells a fictional story about the Indian women’s national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the team’s win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and explores themes such as feminism and sexism, the legacy of the partition of India, racial and religious bigotry, and ethnic and regional prejudice.
The film stars Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan, former captain of the Indian men’s national field hockey team. After a disastrous loss to Pakistan, Khan is ostracized from the sport and he and his mother are driven from the family home by angry neighbors. Seven years later, to redeem himself, Khan becomes the coach of the Indian national women’s hockey team and aims to turn its sixteen contentious players into a championship unit.
Chak De! India won a number of awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. On 30 August 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requested a copy of the film’s script for a place in its Margaret Herrick Library. When the Indian Hockey Federation was reorganized in April 2008, former player Aslam Sher Khan said that he wanted “to create a ‘Chak De’ effect” in Indian hockey.
The film was screened in New Delhi on 17 August 2016, as part of the week-long Independence Day Film Festival. The festival was jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating India’s 70th Independence Day.