Time for a sequel? Without winning a medal, hockey girls recreate ‘Chak de India’ moment

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Indian Woman Hockey player Deep Grace Ekka in action during India vs Great Britain match, at Tokyo Olympics 2020, in Tokyo on Friday. (ANI Photo)

The team coach Sjoerd Marijne wants a sequel to Shah Rukh Khan’s movie as the players catch the nation’s imagination

Our Bureau
Tokyo/Mumbai

The Indian women’s hockey team might not have won a medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, but their run was nothing less than a fairytale and now the coach Sjoerd Marijne wants a sequel to Shah Rukh Khan’s movie ‘Chak De India’.

India suffered a defeat at the hands of Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday and after the game, SRK took to Twitter to congratulate Marijne and skipper Rani Rampal’s side. “Heartbreak!!! But all reasons to hold our heads high. Well played Indian Women’s Hockey Team. You all inspired everyone in India. That itself is a victory,” SRK tweeted.

To his tweet, women’s team coach Marijne replied, “Thank you @srk for all the love! It’s great to have support from the best in Bollywood. It’s time for Chak De part 2, what say.”

The women’s hockey team had already created history by entering the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 for the first time. Though, they lost the match to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off match on Friday. Nonetheless, every Indian would be proud of their relentless efforts and for reaching the semi-finals.

A few days ago, as the Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics, fans started comparing coach Sjoerd Marijne to the fictional character Kabir Khan portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Chak de India’.

In the hit Bollywood film ‘Chak de India’, SRK’s character Kabir Khan guides the women’s team to the world title. In the film, the actor is famous for playing the coach who guides the women’s team to the title in the world championship. The movie is often said to be inspired by the story of former Indian hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi.

But the former goalkeeper and the makers had clarified that it wasn’t his story and the makers didn’t have an idea about Negi’s story when the scripting was done.

Earlier, as the Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, fans started to compare coach Sjoerd Marijne to the fictional character ‘Kabir Khan’ portrayed by Shahrukh Khan in the Bollywood movie ‘Chak de India’.

India beat Australia 1-0 as they moved into the semis of the Tokyo Olympics. This is the first time that the women’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals of the Games. “Sorry family, I coming again later (sic),” tweeted Marijne alongside a photo with the entire hockey squad.

As soon as he posted the photo on Twitter, fans started comparing him to Kabir Khan and how the reel story transformed into a real story. “Two people who transformed Indian women’s hockey team. Kabir Khan (reel life). Sjoerd Marijne (real life),” tweeted one user. Many users also shared a GIF of Shahrukh Khan from the movie Chak de India as the entire country continues to marvel at the achievement of the women’s hockey side.

In the Bollywood film ‘Chak de India’, Shahrukh Khan’s character ‘Kabir Khan’ guides the women’s team to the world title. In the film, Shahrukh is famous for playing the coach who guides the women’s team to the title in the world championship. The movie is often said to be inspired by the story of former India hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. But the former goalkeeper and the makers had clarified that it wasn’t his story and the makers didn’t have an idea about Negi’s story when the scripting was done.

Meanwhile, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, on Friday, slammed those who hurled racist comments and harassed Indian hockey player Vandana Katariya and her family after the Indian women’s hockey team lost their semi-final match against Argentina in Tokyo Olympics.

Taking to his Instagram story, Ayushmann posted Vandana’s picture and wrote, “Hurling casteist slurs on someone who has given her all for the nation is the worst form of disrespect. This has to STOP NOW!” alongside hashtag”#Support”.

It has been reported that a couple of people engaged in celebrating and bursting crackers at a distance from the house of hockey player Vandana, a resident of Roshnabad in Haridwar district, on Wednesday after the indian team lost the semi-final match. Vandana on Saturday scored three of India’s four goals against South Africa in the final pool A hockey game as she became the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics at Oi Hockey Stadium- South Pitch.

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