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13 Years of Chak De India

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10th August, 2020 marks 13th anniversary of Chak De India, a Shahrukh Khan starrer. On this occasion film’s writer Jaideep Sahni spoke to a news portal. The writer has written many amazing films like Bunty Aur Babli, Shuddh Desi Romance, Roacket Singh- Salesman of the Year and Aaja Nachle.

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Read below what the writer of Chak De India said:

The writer said that a movie on female athletes has always been a dream. He said, “When Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) asked me after Bunty Aur Babli what I wanted to do next, I told him that I wanted to do this film which could somehow form a bridge between the world of women athletes and the rest of the country. As I told him more about what I’d seen and felt, he agreed that it was a shame that not enough people knew about this world, and also that it could make a really great film if we got things right.”

Talking about the movie’s director, he said, “Shimit and I have been friends since the time I was writing Company and he was editing Bhoot at Ram Gopal Varma’s office but it was Adi’s conviction after seeing Ab Tak Chhappan that he must be the director for this film. Adi’s and Shimit’s faith in the film as producer and director at that early stage was very reassuring for me since I knew my writing was going into the hands of people I trusted and respected.”

“Sometimes people call Chak De! ahead of its times but I don’t know how to judge that. It’s just that as audience we get too busy in our daily lives and forget how happy something new can make us if we give it a chance, and as storytellers, we are always under pressure to be entertaining which can impose an artificial ceiling on our choice of subjects. But subjects are always bigger than the storytellers, and if we respect them, they gently show us the way.”

The Chak De India writer has completed 20 years in the industry. He talked about his wonderful journey and says every part has been joyful. He said, “To have imagined and written films of different genres, set in so many different environments, with different rhythms and dialects and slangs, has been a great joy. So many of these characters, dialogues or phrases of songs having become a part of peoples’ everyday conversation is something I didn’t aim for but have finally learned to enjoy gracefully without getting shocked. But I am always conscious that this is also because of the reach of this medium, and we should not let go of any opportunity to put this clumsy power to some good use, to build a few bridges of trust or maybe start a useful conversation.”

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