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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

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.

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