I went to see Chak De-India. I didn’t know what is the meaning of Chek De. But I know the meaning of India. That was the other reason along with my fren’s pestering that I went to see the movie. It is not a unique movie. It’s about bringing a failing or in this movie a team of girls’ hockey team to the world cup against all odds. And this is done by a captain who was once insulted by his own Indians, that’s us, for losing the winning goal in a hockey finals against Pakistan.
The obvious is Shah Rukh have grown old or is aging very gracefully. He still has the look and charisma. He brought out his emotions through his eyes so well that on many instances I felt tears welling up in my own eyes. In short the movie touched my heart. And also made me think back to last year, the Cricket World Cup. Maybe we have been too rash, insensitive and thoughtless. As the saying goes let bygones be bygones, I would like to put that aside and come to the point that HOCKEY IS OUR NATIONAL GAME!!! I have been an Indian for last 20 odd years, which is my whole life and I didn’t know that hockey is our national game. I always thought that cricket is our national game seeing the importance given to it. Why isn’t much importance given to our national game?? Does this result in our cricket players’ complacent attitude? Maybe. Like myself, I am sure that there are many out there who didn’t realize this. I feel that hockey should be given a chance. I got reminded of a few years back during some asian game where I saw a hockey game between India and Pakistan. And India lost, but there was the talent there. If more opportunity was given, I am sure they would have done well.
One thing about this bothered me a lot. The fact that some of the Indians told that Kabir Khan(SRK) should have gone to Pakistan when the partition happened, when the Indian team lost. Feel angry or disappointed coz he didn’t make our team win, but whatever it is we should never ever use religion and separate them. They are Indians regardless of what religion they are. That would be the most hurting thing, to be separated in your country.
The 16 girls acted well. Whether it was to show attitude, doubt or sadness. It was good. The one thing i wanted to know was why the girl who acted as Preeti never smiled. She was always frowning. But I liked the ending, when she rejected her overconfident and most irritating boyfriend. I liked the short girl especially. She looked very cute..haha..other then that they were good. I have got nothing much to say anything more.
I was thinking of changing my citizenship to Singaporean citizenship. My reason was that, it was the practical thing to do. My family is here. I spent my whole life here. And most likely I wont ever go back to India permanently. And the most important reason I gave was that, as long as I feel Indian in my heart, it doesn’t matter what colour is your identity card. Its not true at all. It matters. Once you are an Indian, you are always one. No other flag would look that magnificent as our Indian flag when you are an Indian. No other word would fill you with so much happiness, pride and love as “I am an Indian.” No other country would make you say with so much pride that, that is my country like India. In short, you never change. I am an Indian and I wont ever want to change it anyway. And this movie made me realize the beauty of calling myself an Indian.
“I AM AN INDIAN.”
Of course, the only regret I am going to have is that I wont be able to go to High Commission to attend my National Day. But its ok. Even when I cannot attend the National Day, I know I am proud of my country and my nationality regardless of anything.