IWHF hopes <i>Chak De</i> will popularise

Updated: 08 August 2007 06:38 IST

Shah Rukh Khan's bunch of young and fiesty women hockey players are ready to hit the screens on Friday when Chak De India releases all over.

IWHF hopes <i>Chak De</i> will popularise

New Delhi:

Shah Rukh Khan's bunch of young and fiesty women hockey players are ready to hit the screens on Friday when Chak De India releases all over and the Women's Hockey Federation hopes it will make the sport popular across the country.

The film revolves around the story of an Indian women's hockey team that goes on to win a World Cup.

There were initial reports that Vidya Stokes, the President of the Indian Women's Hockey Federation was unhappy with the on-screen portrayal of the players. But it now seems that it was a clear case of misunderstanding.

"She was asked if women's hockey is zero, and if they're being shown as hero, so she obviously reacted to it. Everyone knows the results, and my girls are doing very well, that's a fact. So neither are we unhappy, nor have we asked for a separate screening. We have no hassles with Yashraj at all," said Amrit Bose, Secretary, IWHF.

The much-awaited blockbuster is the tale of a former Indian hockey goalkeeper, played by none other than King Khan, who leads a low profile women's team to a World Cup win.

It's believed his character is based on former real-life goalie Mir Ranjan Negi, who conceded seven goals against Pakistan in the final of the 1982 Asian Games.

During the production, the filmmakers spent time at hockey camps throughout the country, during which they chose one player to play a role in the movie.

But what if only one of these players had the opportunity to share screen space with the stars, for all the other girls, the idea of being the subject of a big banner film like this is thrilling enough.

They are now looking forward to the first day first show of the film.

"We are waiting for the release of the film. People don't know hockey as much as they know cricket. So we really want the game to spread," said Pushpa Pradhan, hockey player.

"I think hockey can get a lot of promotion through the film. We all want to watch it together when the film releases," added Joydeep Kaur, hockey player.

So come Friday, the women's hockey federation will be looking forward to netting in a few more sponsors, courtesy the massive publicity generated by the film.

Topics : Hockey Football
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