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Shah Rukh Khan says filming for ‘Chak De’ made him realise how
much water has passed under the bridge since he played for his school
What was it like working with a whole lot of newcomers in the film?
Fantastic. Earlier I thought that working with newcomers would be a
bit of a hassle because they would not know their lines. You know, you
become a little patronising — you become a little kind at times, a little
agitated and irritated at times. The whole team had worked very hard with
them. And not to take any credit away from these girls — I think they are
very hardworking and wonderful. They put their heart and soul into the
At the end of it all, after having worked for 18 years as an actor, I thought I
got a lot to learn. There is a bit of rawness when newcomers come and
face the camera. After working for so many years, you tend to become a
little mechanised. You see a scene with a young girl who has never acted
before —she says her few lines and they don’t seem like you would do
them this way, but when you hear it out it sounds very right. So it’s a great
We know you are a very sporty person. Have you taken any special
training for the film? Did you play hockey in school?
Yes, I use to play a lot of field hockey in my school days. I was good
at it but when I went and played for the film, I sucked. I was really awful. I
have no stamina left. I think the technique of hockey has changed.
Astroturf itself is very tiring. I have no stamina left.
As shameful as it is to say, but I thought I would be able to beat the
girls — but they kicked my butt! They were really good and I am no good
at playing field hockey, I realised. I thought while playing with them it
would be better to use my status as a super star and not practice at all. I
mean, tell them that I can pull it off by acting — so I did that. I realise how
much ever I practise, I’d never be good at it. But I have given it my best
shot, and hopefully, it looks good enough.
Tell us something about your character in the film.
Kabir Khan is a coach; an ex-Indian hockey player. He is living with
some demons and has got some problems in his life. He hasn’t been
successful and wants to overcome that, but without being cynical or
disturbed. He decides that he is going to do something positive about it.
So it’s a film about achievement in the face of failure. It’s a film that looks
at failure in a positive way — that if you haven’t done well, fairly or
unfairly, the idea is not to give up or become cynical.
The idea is to take on some kind of a challenge and try to overcome
that obstacle which had stopped you earlier. So I would say the character
is quite aggressive when he wants to be. If you really ask me, though I
have played it, I really don’t know what the character is. I have played
from my heart. It’s mix of Jaideep’s writing, Shimit’s outlook and Adi’s
belief in the film. And it’s a bit of my mannerisms and style. So it’s all
rolled into one.
I would like it to be thought of as an elderly, brotherly kind of a character
who you feel confident in, who himself is shattered from inside. So it’s
very complex — its not just like a simple explanation. I haven’t been able
to understand it myself yet.
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