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Chak De India Clocks 13 Years: Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Sports-Drama’s Writer Jaideep Sahni Reveals the Motive Behind His Script

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The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, Chak De! India, was released 13 years ago on this day, and the writer of the film Jaideep Sahni has revealed his motive behind penning the script. “I wanted to tell this story for a few years. So, when Adi (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,” Sahni said. Shah Rukh Khan Film Chak De India’s Patriotic Title Song Was Rejected Seven Times, Reveal Salim-Sulaiman

He added: “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.” In “Chak De! India”, SRK plays Kabir Khan, a character broadly based on former Indian player Mir Ranjan Negi, who later coached the Indian women’s hockey team. SRK’s character coaches the unfancied Indian women’s team to World Cup victory against all odds in the film. 45 Years Of Rajinism: Mohanlal, Sivakarthikeyan, AR Rahman, Prithviraj Sukumaran and More Share Common DP Celebrating Rajinikanth’s Milestone Achievement

Sahni is happy that the film became a milestone moment in Indian cinema. “Sometimes, people call ‘Chak De!’ ahead of its times but I don’t know how to judge that. It’s just that as (an) audience we get too busy in our daily lives and forget how happy something new can make us if we give it a chance. As storytellers, we are always under pressure to be entertaining, which can impose an artificial ceiling on our choice of subjects,” said Sahni.

He added that “subjects are always bigger than storytellers, and if we respect them they gently show us the way”. “Chak De! India” was feted with several awards ceremonies including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. In 2007, the film became a part of the Oscar library.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 10, 2020 05:44 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).

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Discovery Plus Announces Three New Originals, Gets Into OTT Content Creation in India

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Amid the rise of digital platforms in India, Discovery Plus, after stepping in India in March this year, has announced its foray into creating original content for its streaming service in the country with three new originals featuring the stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Rana Daggubati, Neeraj Pandey, and Randeep Hooda. The launch of the originals starting from December 9 has been planned. The line-up includes shows such as “Ladakh Warriors: The Sons Of The Soil” narrated in Hindi by Randeep Hooda, “Mission Frontline” featuring Rana Daggubati, and “Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century” that is presented by filmmaker Neeraj Pandey with Manoj Bajpayee as the host.”Ladakh Warriors: The Sons Of The Soil” showcases the grueling training of the warriors. It will start streaming on December 9. Talking about the show, Randeep said as quoted by Zee News, “With ‘Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil’, we celebrate the snow warriors of India and I couldn’t be happier to be associated with a project like this. To be able to lend my voice to take the story of these heroes to the masses is an honor”.”Ladakh! Land of majestic beauty & home to the Snow Warriors. It’s an honor to narrate Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil which showcases the grueling training of these warriors at the highest Regimental Centre in the world @discoveryplusIN #IndiaKeLiye”, Hooda tweeted. Ladakh! Land of majestic beauty & home to the Snow Warriors. It’s an honor to narrate Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil which showcases the grueling training of these warriors at the highest Regimental Centre in the world @discoveryplusIN #IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/4KIQxHhmlK— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) December 3, 2020 “Mission Frontline” highlights the life of Military Forces, fighting at the border to keep the country safe. The special episode features actor and producer Rana Daggubati, who will experience the difficult life of a soldier and live with the border men at the Border Security Force, Jaisalmer. “It was an experience of a lifetime spending a day with and as a BSF Jawan in Jaisalmer. Stories of war & first-hand experiences have left a mark on me and I shall cherish them forever. Thank you
@discoveryplusIN for Mission Frontline! #IndiaKeLiye”, Rana tweeted.It was an experience of a lifetime spending a day with and as a BSF Jawan in Jaisalmer. Stories of war & first-hand experiences have left a mark on me and I shall cherish them forever. Thank you @discoveryplusIN for Mission Frontline! #IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/tzZLqAYGgS— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) December 3, 2020 Meanwhile, “Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century” uncovers the mysteries behind the excavations of Sinauli (a village in UP). The show will cover the timeline of the finds, the artifacts, and the people involved across each stage of the discovery.”Being a part of ‘Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century’ was enriching in many ways because I got to learn so much more about ancient India. I have been able to see ancient Indian history from a new perspective and to know that this excavation is just the tip of the iceberg, and there is lots more to be discovered in the timeline of Indian history with regards to the Sinauli excavation is certainly exciting”, Manoj Bajpayee said. I have been able to see ancient Indian history from a new perspective through ‘Secrets of Sinauli: Discovery of the Century’ coming soon on @DiscoveryPlusIn @FridayStorytel1 @neerajpofficial#IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/Aufb1NSPNY— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) December 3, 2020 Apart from the upcoming three Indian originals, the streaming platform has planned more than 200 shows in the first half of 2021 including the local and global titles. Stay tuned…

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