Bhopal excited about <i>Chak De</i>

Updated: 12 August 2007 09:05 IST

There is a lot of hype surrounding the release of Chak De, but the excitement levels are at an all time high in Bhopal.

Bhopal:

There is a lot of hype surrounding the release of Chak De, but the excitement levels are at an all time high in Bhopal because that's where some of the cast comes from.

"We are anxiously waiting for Chak De India to release," said Shoaib, national hockey player.

Shoaib and his fellow Bhopalis, Asad and Merajuddin could never have dreamed of making it to the silver screen one day. The three national level players feature in Chak De India as part of the Pakistan hockey squad that takes on Shah Rukh's team.

"It's only because of hockey that we reached the silver screen," said Shoaib, national hockey player.

The three shot for three days in Delhi with King Khan and came away impressed.

"It didn't look as if he is not a hockey player. He plays well and is very hardworking and takes his work very seriously," said Asad, national hockey player.

And Shoaib, Asad and Merajuddin have great expectations from the movie. They are hoping that Chak De India will help to bring back the crowds and revive interest in hockey.

"Now more sponsors are going to come forward and will promote the game which is gradually dying," said Shoaib.

The players have one complaint though.

"It would have been better if we were part of the Indian team," said Asad.

Topics : Hockey
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