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We used SRK’s stardom to fill hockey stadiums for Chak De: Director Shimit Amin

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ROHIT BHATNAGAR
Published Aug 3, 2017, 7:19 pm IST
Updated Aug 3, 2017, 7:26 pm IST
Shah Rukh Khan in an emotionally charged scene from the film.
 Shah Rukh Khan in an emotionally charged scene from the film.

Mumbai: Considered as one of the finest performances by Shah Rukh Khan, the 2007-released ‘Chak De! India’ was more than just a sports drama; it was an emotion.

The film, where a bunch of 12 female hockey players come together for the Women’s World Cup and are trained by a disgraced former athlete Kabir Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan), was an enormous hit in India and even overseas.

And after 10 years, director Shimit Amin spills some beans on how they got Australians in a mammoth hockey stadium to cheer for an Indian film.

Reminiscing the shooting days, Amin said, “We had to use SRK's stardom to fill the audience in the hockey stadium while shooting for Chak De! India in Australia.”

King Khan, who is well aware of his superstardom around the globe, himself, suggested that he be allowed to make rounds during the match sequences. SRK would go to the stadium even when he had no shots at all.

“This idea was given to us by SRK himself. Since there was a lesser part of him in those scenes so we purposely used to take SRK in the ground so that we could capture the cheering of people during the match,” concluded the director.

10 years have passed by but the final scene of the cult film stills lingers in our memories. Do we all not miss Shah Rukh as the aloof and withdrawn Kabir Khan?

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