Corporate Social Negligence!

Kabir Khan is a novel idea…

Posted in Bollywood, India, LOVE by clash on September 17, 2007

After so much of coercion, this weekend I decided to watch “Chak De India”. I “was” a Sharukh Khan fan long ago but the fact is that I could never make out any heroes other than the good “old” Mammooty and Mohan Lal till I was in my 10th grade or so. Neither was I reluctant to hear Backstreet Boys at that age. That’s how my argument for being a fan of Sharukh goes. Not that I am betraying this good old bloke, who made it big in the industry but Bollywood movies turned out to be more and more drab as years passed, especially the ones Sharukh acted. I have not watched DDLJ, KKKG (or what ever it is), or any of those Karan Johar movies.

 

There is nothing much to tell about this movie, but a few words wont do bad.

 

  • The idea “Kabir Khan” – I liked it, a Muslim who is not a traitor, terrorist or villain did appeal me. Though the movie portrays a flimsy scene, where a Pakistani player hugs the Indian captain Kabir Khan and eventually media vilifying him for being a friend of a Paki player, there is strong message conveyed through this. Intended or not, I am not too sure. But I can vouch; that is the feeling with which most Muslims in India live. As every bomb blast or communal fracas happens, they get pulled in to “the news”. There is no dearth of Muslims in Bollywood, most of them well off, educated and suave and they barely bear the brunt of what happens to their peers in the society. But, there is a clear divide which has percolated in our society; much with the help of media that helps all of us identify Muslims as a terrorist or a villain.So, if the idea “kabhir Khan”, was what they wanted to portray, it is a very brave one Indeed.

 

  • This single reason makes this movie some what connected to the “reality” which  has missed the purview of Bollywood these days. Its dabbles in chiffon draped mommas and heroes which are so fake but at the same time accepted by a whole bunch of cinema goers in India. So this theme was pretty much a break from the chiffon saris, exotic locations and romance but the very idea – Kabhir Khan; was easily masked by the presence of so called King Khan. The blind faith of an Indian movie goer failed to gather it, which constitutes a big chunk of Hindus in India; who in the present day have reached a position where they have been coerced to equate the word traitor to a Muslim. Thanks to the Ram & Ram & Ram Co. This is the third Ram as appropriately told in this blog

 

  • Is there anything else? Nothing much, I knew India was eventually going to win the Hockey World Championship. Nothing much to speak about the direction, cinematography.

 

  • Sharukh imitated Jose Mourinho of Chelsea F.C – attire, looks and the actions. As Mourinho rarely bothers to reflect any emotions, Sharukh was at ease. This inevitably reduced squirming faces and nerve knapping mannerisms of his. Yes a superb/subtle/reserved performance, if you want to call it so.

 

I am happy, if this movie was the sole reason for a full house crowd in Delhi for the Nehru Cup Football final, as some claim. I did see a lot of “Chak De India” placards. Thanks to the film crew, if they were the sole reason for Indian hockey team’s astounding win in the Asian Championship which concluded in Chennai. But, this movie will not rescue sports in India, I wish if it could. Sharukh can’t save sports in India, but he did save Yash Raj Films who came out with a series of flops.

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  1. Rohan Jacob said, on September 22, 2007 at 11:07 am

    whats up with all the cynicism dude?? 🙂
    here’s hoping that hockey does receive a well deserved jolt in the country after this movie, and not the instant dismissal that it managed to evoke out of this blogger

  2. clash said, on September 27, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Sports in India is a bureaucratic failure. We were not much different from China; a former closed economy which made sports hostels and training centers across India, all of them which failed. It was a bureaucratic debacle, thats where sports lost out. Just think of China. Those structures are hard to break and thats why except cricket; which gathers a lot of attention from the masses – fail to deliver.

    A Sharukh Khan movie will save it? I doubt, if it can.. i am happy..

  3. rajib said, on May 11, 2008 at 2:10 am

    The poor condition of the hockey players portrayed in the film might come close to reality, I guess. It is sad to note that the same Shahrukh went on to re-commercialize cricket, instead of supporting Hockey.

  4. SRK said, on August 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    The Kabir Khan character in chak de is officially inspired by one and the only ZAFAR IQBAL , I feel sorry that Media which runs on frenzy and hype failed to accord due credit to zafar for that.
    This is undoubtedly the most distinguished tribute to any player not of India alone but of the entire world except the boxing legend Mohd. Ali whom Will smith payed similar tribute

  5. Rishabh goel said, on March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

    kaha gaya mara bachapan kaha gai mari yaada
    kaya schota hu ma kaya nahi
    kabhi chota hu ki ya dunia bhot achi ha kabhi chota hu ki duniya bakar ha
    bakar ha ya gindgi bakar hu ma kash ma bhawan sa puch pata ku bana ya insan ko
    kyu rota ha insan kyu hasta ha insan kaya ha uski majal jita jita rota bhi ha aur husta bhi ha
    kash bita hua sama wapas aa jata to gindi ka maza vapas aa gata
    kaya manu ma insan ko juta makar ya sacha insan
    kahata ha ginngi pani ka bul-bula ha ji po to ji lo varna rota rho
    kaya manu ma yes gindgi ko bhawan ki dean ya insan ki badnisbgee
    aaj ya so kal kha jisna gina sik laya so sik lya varna raha gaya
    kaya itifak ha bhakawan ka aj mila dia to kal chin lia kabhi roa so kabhi husa jingi iska nam ha
    khilata usa ha jis sa milta usko nahi jo buka hota ha ya ha insan

    mara name rishabh goel ha
    ma patal nagar ma hu muzaffarnagar
    ma sri guru ram ray ma padta hu
    mara papa ka name mr.pawan kumar goel ha sse=2011-2012

  6. Rishabh goel said, on March 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

    kaha gaya mara bachapan kaha gai mari yaada
    kaya schota hu ma kaya nahi
    kabhi chota hu ki ya dunia bhot achi ha kabhi chota hu ki duniya bakar ha
    bakar ha ya gindgi bakar hu ma kash ma bhawan sa puch pata ku bana ya insan ko
    kyu rota ha insan kyu hasta ha insan kaya ha uski majal jita jita rota bhi ha aur husta bhi ha
    kash bita hua sama wapas aa jata to gindi ka maza vapas aa gata
    kaya manu ma insan ko juta makar ya sacha insan
    kahata ha ginngi pani ka bul-bula ha ji po to ji lo varna rota rho
    kaya manu ma yes gindgi ko bhawan ki dean ya insan ki badnisbgee
    aaj ya so kal kha jisna gina sik laya so sik lya varna raha gaya
    kaya itifak ha bhakawan ka aj mila dia to kal chin lia kabhi roa so kabhi husa jingi iska nam ha
    khilata usa ha jis sa milta usko nahi jo buka hota ha ya ha insan

  7. Rishabh goel said, on March 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    kaya ha insan duk ka putla ya kush ka putla
    dono hi ha kush bhi aur duk bi rota ha wo jab ausa chanawala duka data ha
    ma ya sochta hu ki bhakawan na kya chig bnai ha dunia
    rota hu ma ya schokar kuya banaya ha muja yes dunia ma na mila muja chain
    kyu nahi jina dana mari jindgi ro ro kar ji raa hu apani jindgi kya maja la raa hu ma apni jindgi ma
    bhagwan ko kosta ho aur kismat ko kaya bani meri jindgi tuna aur kata hu ki tuna to meri jangi bana di magar kisi aur ki jindgi na bana asi sochta kuch aur hu hota kuch aur
    duk hota ha ya sochkar ki bhagwan na meri jindhi kasi bana yi
    jo nakara so mil jaya jo kara so namil yahi mara sath hota ha
    har insan ma koi na koi kabliat hoti ha magar vo pachanta nahi pachanta ha to kho data
    kaha jau kha nahi

  8. naseer ahmad said, on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    i do like the role of SRK playing as kabir khan role in the movie. The idea was fantastic and great and it opens a new era of indian womens hockey

  9. streetdirectory said, on July 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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