Celebrating 5 years of Chak De India!

It was exactly 5 years ago, when I walked into a cinema hall in my home-town Mangalore, with expectations at an all-time low for a film starring Shahrukh Khan. The promos were dull, the music wasn’t great either and an SRK film without romance or a lead heroine? Seriously? The only glimmer of hope was Shimit Amin, whose first film – Ab Tak Chappan – I thoroughly enjoyed watching.

Two and a half hours later, even as the credits rolled, it was hard to digest the fact that I had just witnessed one of the best films to come out of Bollywood and hands-down Shahrukh Khan’s best performance ever. I would rate it even higher than Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge or Swades.

Since then, it’s the only SRK film that I have watched thrice in theatre and innumerable times on DVD. The songs, especially the title song, was suddenly my favourite. Like one of the cricketers said, the song helped motivate the cricket team, when it was played on repeat when India won the T20 World cup.

Below are some of the best scenes, dialogues, songs and moments from Chak De India that remain etched in my memory, 5 years after the film’s theatrical release.

Chak De India Dialogues

  • Mujhe states ke naam na sunayie dethe hai, na dhikai dete hai. Sirf ek mulk-a-naam sunayi detha hai, I-N-D-I-A
  • Jo nahin ho sakta, wahi tho karna hai!
  • Har team mein bas ek hi gunda ho saktha hai, aur iss team ka gunda mein hoon!
  • Vaar karna hai to mardho ki tarah aage se karo.. Woh kya hai ki humare khel mein chakke nahi hote!!
  • Sattar minute, sattar min hai tumhare paas. Shayad yeh tumhare zindagi ke sab se khaas sattar minute. Aaj tum aacha khelo ya bura khelo, yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahegi. Tho kaise khelna hai.. aaj mein tumhe nahin bataunga.. Bas itna kahunga, ki jao aur yeh sattar minute jee bhar kar khelna.. kyunki iske baad aane wali zindagi chahe kuch sahi ho ya na ho.. chahe kuch rahe ya na rahe.. haro ya jeeto..lekin yeh sattar minute.. tumse koi nahin cheen sakta, Kyunki mein jaantha hu ki aagar yeh sattar minute iss team ka har player apne zindagi ki sabse badiya hockey khel gaya.. tho yeh satar minute khuda bhi tumse vapas nahin maang saktha.

Best Scenes from Chak De India

The famous McDonald’s scene from Chak De India, just before the intermission. The girls unite to fight against the boys, followed by SRK’s ‘chakke’ dialogue. The team and the coach then walk out with the title theme playing in the background. EPIC.

And my personal favorite scene from Chak De India, this was soon after the penalty shootout. The way SRK emotes through his eyes and facial expressions, takes the climax to an entirely new level. Even though it was completely predictable from the start, that the team was eventually going to win.. you truly feel for Kabir Khan, don’t you? His struggle, passion for the game, patriotism.. all culminating in an historic victory. Awesome! Do watch it.

Best Songs from Chak De India

The Chak De India title song!

Badal Pe Paon Hai

I hope generations to come will watch and love this film as much as I did! Do share your thoughts too. If you liked reading this article, do LIKE on Facebook or share on Twitter (See below).

 

Comments

Deepak:  (August 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm)

Thank u very much indicine! Great article!

Popular Thumb up 47 Thumb down 42

 
The Great One:  (August 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm)

Such a great movie.Proud to be an SRK fan!

Popular Thumb up 51 Thumb down 47

 
Deepak:  (August 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm)

The best film of the last decade! An epic movie! Outstanding,terrific acting by Shahrukh! The way he emotes is simply unmatchable! Great script,great acting,great screenplay,great music..everything is great in this movie! A cult classic!

Highly rated comment Thumb up 65 Thumb down 47

 
shivam:  (August 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm)

at least some like SRK believe in making logical films! Best film ever for me! ;p

Popular Thumb up 47 Thumb down 45

 
Laxman sahoo:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm)

Another classic of Srk

Popular Thumb up 43 Thumb down 44

 
Srk:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm)

It was an out an out entertainer.. I almost cried in climax when srk returns with his mother at their home and his neighbours starts to respect him it ws just awsome..

Popular Thumb up 36 Thumb down 45

 
Srk:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm)

Maula le le, le le meri jaan

Popular Thumb up 21 Thumb down 42

 
aaa:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm)

indicine what you want to prove in 2007 cdi is not alone best movie
tare zamin pr ,welcome, namaste london,partner far better movie
please dont be bias

Popular Thumb up 44 Thumb down 36

 
Indicine Team:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm)

^ to each his own. For me Chak De India was the best, closely followed by Taare Zameen Par. The other movies were entertaining, but not in the same league.

 
jsmith:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm)

5 yrs back Me and one of my frend where thinking that should we watch this movie as you mentioned the promos,songs aren’t catchy at all…we thought its going to be an another sports movie but when we came out of the theater and going home we where like happy,going through emotions and felt like we won something …i felt like we really watched our team to win the World cup and it was not a movie but its real…can’t express what i felt but gave me a lot of memories and energy to fight and win…truly said sometimes winning is EVERYTHING! CHAK DE….. :))

Popular Thumb up 30 Thumb down 41

 
king khan:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm)

Why are you not acceping my comment indicine

Thumb up 6 Thumb down 3

 
Indicine Team:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm)

Please only discuss about Chak De India here. Any off-topic comments on anything else -- if it’s not sensible -- will be deleted. Thanks.

 
Indicine Team:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm)

@jsmith, yeah.. very inspiring movie :)

 
sachin11:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm)

LAGAAN WAS BETTER THAN CDI IN SPORTS FILM CATEGORY.

Highly rated comment Thumb up 48 Thumb down 38

 
king khan:  (August 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm)

one of the best performence of Srk in chak de india

Popular Thumb up 22 Thumb down 33

 
aashu:  (August 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm)

I don’t knw why a lot of people are saying srk’s career is finished.. but his last 3 muvis has grossed more den 200 crores n he hasn’t given any flop for a long time. throughout his career most of his are hits.. can anyone tell me any other actor having such success.. I dont think so.. srk is d best and will b always.. :-)

awesome performance in chak de..chak de srk..

Popular Thumb up 32 Thumb down 33

 
aaa:  (August 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm)

i still dont understand
what you want to tell indicine
ya cdi is good movie

Thumb up 7 Thumb down 5

 
King khan:  (August 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm)

Cdi is the greatest movie ever made in b’wood

Popular Thumb up 20 Thumb down 31

 
Ramesh:  (August 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm)

One of the best movie of srk :)

Popular Thumb up 19 Thumb down 19

 
bhumi:  (August 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm)

my favourite movie……SRK’s best movie…I watched in theatre with my friends……
super movie……salute to shahrukh for this powerfull performance

Popular Thumb up 18 Thumb down 16

 
ABHIJIT:  (August 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm)

Chak de is d bestest movie in 2007

Thumb up 12 Thumb down 10

 
ginger:  (August 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm)

@sachin2 people like u r the ones who gave thumps down bcoz of ta fact tat its srks movie.it is one of ta best.even if i get 100 thumps down i dont care.

Popular Thumb up 13 Thumb down 13

 
Rijwan:  (August 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm)

Really, , the great movie …

Thumb up 11 Thumb down 9

 
King:  (August 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm)

Why some stupid salman fans giving thumbs down here?We didn’t speak anything about him!

Popular Thumb up 14 Thumb down 15

 
shah:  (August 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm)

one of the greatest movie of all time………..

Thumb up 13 Thumb down 10

 
 

Leave a Reply

  • Name