10 YEARS OF CHAK DE! INDIA: THE GIRLS REMEMBER SRK
As the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer completes 10 years of its release today, Chak De girls go down memory lane to create nostalgia
The hockey film Chak De! India marked the debut of 16 young girls — some aspiring actors; some hockey players. Ten years on, they remember their best memories with actor Shah Rukh Khan, who played their coach. “He took all the girls out [to watch] his film Don,” says Vidya Malvade. Chitrashi Rawat shares that she and SRK “used to have bets in Australia” on goal scoring. For Tanya Abrol, SRK bringing her cashew nuts while she was hungry on the sets is the best memory. Shilpa Shukla got a compliment from him after an “intense scene”. And Sagarika recalls how he helped her deal with her nerves.
Chak de! India marked the debut of 16 young girls, who lived their dream of working with Shah Rukh Khan in a film. Directed by Shimit Amin, the 2007 film was a game-changer among Bollywood films that was lauded, not only for SRK’s intense performance as the Indian women’s hockey team coach but also the way it empowered women in sports.
Today, on the film’s 10th anniversary, Chak De girls share how the film changed their life and what they are doing now.