About: Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, directed by Vivek Agnihotri under the banner of UTV, the cast includes John Abraham as Sunny, Boman Irani as Tony Singh, Bipasha Basu and Arshad Warsi as Shaan. The music is by Pritam, Story is by Rohit Malhotra and lyrics are by Javed Akhtar. Choreography is by Saroj Khan.
Story : The story revolves around South Hall Football team, its fighting spirit, its never dying attitude, its unity, its love towards their home ground, its relationship among team members, its concerns and beyond. The story starts when the local authorities warn South Hall football team that they will have to surrender their football ground if they don’t pay the lease pending for many years. And that is a hefty amount. Only way to pay that amount and keep the ground with them is if they win current year League. The amount money for the winner will be sufficient enough to cover up the lease amount. But winning a single match in the league is quite indefinite for the team as per their performance for the last many years, and then winning the finals is almost next to impossible. Xxxx is the captain and has an emotional touch with the ground. He wants to save this ground at any cost. And for this fortunately he gets a marvelous ex-player as a coach who agrees to train them and to take them in the finals provided they all follow his directions. This movie is also about a never ending fight between the white and Black community around the world. Years back Boman Irani was the captain of this team and they had reached in the finals. Since the South Hall team comprised of mostly blacks, the whites favoring the opponent team in the finals, a night before the final match, attack on the captain and try to hurt him. A handful of fans resist this attack and one of them take all blows on him to save the captain as he wanted the South Hall team to win in the finals. The captain is threatened that if he wins tomorrow, it will be disastrous for him and his family. Captain abandons the match and ultimately South Hall loses in the finals. But the pain carried in the heart of Boman Irani didn’t die down and he becomes the coach of this team after many years. The story is about how he fills fire in the belly of all the players, how he teaches them the tactics, how he unites them and ultimately gives them a feeling that they can be winners before they actually turn out to be winners.
Conclusions: This is an underrated version of Chak De India. Only difference is that it is not made under a big banner, not with a big cast, not with big amount spent on promos. But one thing is sure that the movie is more realistic and has been made quite sincerely. The performance by all the actors and supporting actors is excellent. This story is all about love in hate and hate in love. How the hate is overcome by teaming, will power and hard work. Some scenes are quite touching, and end is quite hilarious. Although the movie didn’t do well at box office, but is worth watching.
1. When before start of each match, the South hall team all members sing their anthem (dan dana dan goal…)
2. Night time scene when Boman Irani as the coach of South Hall meets John Abraham (the best player of an opponent and best team, favorites for clutching the League Title), the discussion between them is real classic, and then by his skills Boman convinces him to join South Hall.
3. The initial matches when there was no coordination among South Hall team members and gradually how they improve the coordination, determination and skills to pass through each hurdle to win the title
4. Initial matches when the commentators and viewers make mockery of their Anthem.
5. Song – Billo Rani where Bips appers to be quite sober and homely girl (quite opposite to her real life image)