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 Movie on Indian Women's Hockey Team

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Chak De India translation: Buck Up India or Come On India) is a forthcoming Bollywood film, to be directed by Shimit Amin starring Shahrukh Khan and Vidya Malvade in lead roles. The film will be Amin's second directorial venture after Ab Tak Chhappan which was produced by Ram Gopal Varma.

The movie revolves around the story of a Hockey Coach for a girl's team and a young Sikh girl who wants to join the Hockey team but does not get the approval of her parents [1]. Shahrukh Khan will be seen sporting a beard in the film. According to him in a recent interview, Shahrukh plays a guy who is a little sad in life. He has just one aim, which is to see the Indian tri-coloured flag hoisted with all the other countries’ flags. [2]. The girls are being put through a rigorous exercise regime and all their activities are being shot to be later telecasted in a reality show format playing a part in the film's promotion later on [3]. The team arrives in Australia to play for the women’s world cup and that is when their struggle begins for dignity and self respect.

Neetu Chandra auditioned and got the part of the leading lady of the film. She was later replaced due to unknown reasons [4]. Shahrukh Khan has grown a beard for this role.

The film, produced by Yash Chopra, will have the duo, Salim and Sulaiman composing the music. The music of the film is said to in sync with the film. Editing will be handled by Amin himself who previously worked as an editor before venturing into direction. Cinematography is handled by Vishal Sinha who previously worked with Amin in Ab Tak Chappan. Jaideep Sahni writes the film [5].

To promote the film later on, Aditya Chopra, the producer of the film shot a few behind the scenes segments to be used as teasers during film promotions. Shooting for these scenes took place at Yash Raj Studios during the month of June 2006 [6].

The entire film will be shot at several locations in Australia including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane [7]. Yash Raj Films had previously shot Salaam Namaste in Australia. The shooting for the film has just recently begun. The first schedule of the film will be shot at studios in Mumbai, India. The team of the film will later head to Australia for the second schedule of the film [8]. Yash Raj Films plan to release the film on August 10, 2007 [9]. The first trailer for the film was released on 15 June, 2007 with the release of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom the promo trailer shown with Jhoom Barabar Jhoom was pulled because of a lukewarm response.

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