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Chak De India

I loved it...I don't know what more to say, I will not wax poetic about how good this movie was but one thing that happened to me while I was leaving the movie theater is that I realized that I loved it for no reason, I usually have to think why I like or dislike a movie, on rare occasions I get some movies that don't need explanation, they work , and they click with me, and this was one of them.

The film is predictable sure, it's a sports movie after all, but the beauty of CDI is that it takes the predictability and the clichés head and rise above them, the tale of the underdog team with their coach offers also an insight into woman's sports in India, the fanaticism of sports fans, the volatile mix of sports and politics, and a great tale of redemption, ambition, and the need to prove one's self.

This could have been the recipe for a preachy movie, and CDI never was that.We know about Kabir Khan's anguish and anger because it's always simmering under the surface, no big speeches about Muslims in India and their rights. We know about Preeti Sabrawal's need to prove her self against her smug fiance without a big speech about the rights of women to be independent , but by showing a fierce competition with the equally fierce Komal...and so it goes on.

Shimit Amin did a great job of saying so many things withing two hours and still maintain a great pace for his movie, and he gave us an entertaining, emotionally uplifting , and thrilling ride.

SRK in the hands of good script writers and directors is magic, he proves in CDI, he sinks his teeth into this role, many people talk about how good is he in expressing with his eyes, it was never better like in CDI, there are so many things going through Kabir Khan's mind and we are only left to speculate, because the aura of mystery about him is maintained through out , and I loved that.We see him angry, sarcastic, and a complete SOB to the girls, to the last scene where his team is celebrating and he can barely stand, a mix of relief, joy, and sadness. It was a great risk for SRK to do this movie, he is completely gone away from his image in CDI, I loved him as Kabir Khan.

I watched CDI is an old theater in Salt Lake city with balconies, and the audience I was with was about 70% Indian, they were so into the movie, they cheered , and clapped, they sang and were tense at moments, it was a fantastic night at the movies.
I left the theater with a huge smile on my face.

This is a great movie, and it's worth seeing  and appreciation.

and now for the customary fangirl moment!
The man looked HOT....... beard, jeans, sweaty T-shirt and hoodies...make it happen every movie, I think SRK is best de-glamorized *coughKarancough*
and he runs!....sigh


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Aug. 27th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Getting the fangirl moment out of the way: everytime SRK put on his sunglasses my friend and I grabbed each other and squeaked.

I loved the film too - even though I knew what the out come would be I was still fixated and I bought into everyone's story - even the minor ones. I really, really cared for them all and wanted them all to succeed. Usually in films of this sort there's a few bits where I get tired because I don't care for one minor character or another but not in this case.
Aug. 28th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
my engaged best friend, turned to me when he first appeared and told me that she may have been little hasty with this engagement buisines.
I loved his white shirt showing the collarbones GUUUUH!

and I agree about caring bout every body...what a feel good movie.
Aug. 27th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Great review.

Whenever he put the sunglasses on, I died a little of glee. And he is not allowed to shave again :)
Aug. 28th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
And he is not allowed to shave again

How I so wish he wasn't. It's a shame that he hates the beard.

Great review Enass, glad you finally got to see it.
Aug. 28th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
thanks reema...it was a fantastic movie...

I have to mention one seen that I loved, everybody talks about the 70 min speech,for me , the little speech he had for Komal and Preeti was even more moving, the heavy cross to carry...Kabir Khan came closest to reaveal what did his country has done to him...AWWW
Aug. 28th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks GB!!

it wasn't just that he looked incredible but also that he had such a fluid motion in the film, there is one moment in the second half when the score board is flashing after the game between India and Spain, it's a training session at night and he is following a player , he makes about three steps backward and twirls around and keeps walking...beautiful!
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