Chak De! & Hockey’s Sattar Minute of Fame

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Chak De! & Hockey’s Sattar Minute of Fame

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


ash uncle’s Chak De! India was an exemplary film on many accounts. It was the last one before Shah Rukh Khan gave up real acting and set off on a spiritual cinematic journey to find himself, with a variety of different roles. These include Homey Boy Saves Girl in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), Super Boy Saves Family in Ra.One (2011), Older Boy Saves Younger Girl in Dear Zindagi (2016), and Confused Boy Saves Himself in Fan (2016). Until, at last, Boy is Saved by Girl in Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017). But before SRK went into himself and never came back, he gave us Chak De! India.

Chak De! India’s exhilaration came to us in many moments and most of them involved dropping shade on cricket. There was the “Preeti, dikha de uss launde ko” exchange between Preeti Sabharwal and Komal Chautala, and the public dumping of Yuvraj-lite vice captain (basically, a synecdoche for the Indian cricket team). But for me, the most heart-bursting moment was watching King Khan chomping down on a Chicken McGrill right before he broke open a dude’s jaw with the biting, “Humaari hockey mein chhake nahi hote.”