CAST & CREW
The Indian Men’s hockey team loses a match against Pakistan and in a false media allegation the captain, Kabir Khan, is blamed of betrayal. Seven years later, with the help of a friend, he manages to become the coach of the Indian Women’s hockey team. All the players come from different states and have different personalities. These include; Komal Chautala, Preeti Sabarwal, Balbir Kaur, Rani Dispota, Soimoi Kerketa, Mary Ralte, Molly Zimik, Vidya Sharma, Aliya Bose, Biniya Naik, Gunjan Lakhani, the last three being senior players. The coach faces difficulties in getting the team together and work in unison. The internal rivalries begin to develop.
One day the team decides that they want to change their coach. As farewell, Kabir takes them all for a treat. This is where a few guys tease one of the players and eventually all the girls get into a fight. After having realized their mistake, all of them apologize to Kabir. The practice then begins in full swing. Another hurdle comes when the association refuses to send the team for the World Cup. After playing a match with the men’s team, having showed their performance, they finally go for the world cup. Will team India be able to reach the standards of International Hockey? Will they win the world cup? How does the diversity of the background of all players contribute to their victory? Will Kabir Khan be able to gain his respect back in the society? To answer these questions, go watch the movie.
The movie is well directed. The story develops in a systematic manner right from the beginning. It conveys what it wants to and at one point arises the patriotic feeling among the Indian audiences. It also shows the kind of services provided by the government for sports players and its prejudice for men.
Shah Rukh Khan got into the skin of the character pretty comfortably. This movie is considered one of his finest performances after Swadesh. The uniqueness of the character of each player was well played by them.
Every little aspect of the background stories of each character, their appearances, the setting, the emotional appeals and the reality of the sports world was aptly shown in the movie in a very subtle manner. The audience could connect with the feeling of being called a traitor and the struggle to come out victorious. Appeals to all age groups.
What’s not there:
No surprise element regarding the direction of the plot exists. The end is very predictable.
One of the best sports movies ever made. A definite watch.
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