Sunday, August 19, 2007

Coach coach hota hai

Sayesha Smitten showbiz kitten is back.

And this time, she's not climbin' no trees and snoopin' around Bollywood directors' living rooms to bring you the latest and insider Bollywood news.

This time, she is, truly, smitten.

I can't help it - I think Shah Rukh knocks a decade off my age. He turns me into a smitten, worshipping, silly teenager. And watching KBC episodes on youtube over the last few weekends has rekindled my hopeless teenage love for King Khan. Every time I try to dismiss him as a hamming overactor after watching a Ram Jaane, Anjaan or KANK, he does a thappad-like comeback such as Swades or Chak De India, and turns my knees to jelly again. Kudos to Shub and Viv for tolerating my clapping and my (soundless and hence rather unsuccessful) hooting throughout the movie. Speaking of behaviour that turns out embarrassing for friends, Viv came for the movie directly from his cricket practice and I was so excited I held up his cricket bat in the theatre a la He-man and went "Chak de!" after the movie ended. And oh - before I forget, a message to that friend of Viv's who came home for dinner last night and "accidentally revealed" to me that "Shah Rukh dies in the movie", almost breaking my heart - Mera namak khaakar itna bada dhokha? Sadak par mil jaiyo kabhi - ek hockey doongi rakh ke! :/

Switching to a less destructive mode, I pen down (and translate) the most inspiring (and applicable across every walk of life) lines from the movie, which I'm not surprised made their way into the list of MP3s from the movie. (And no, I haven't copy-pasted this from some website; I actually listened to the MP3 like a gazillion times and typed out every word.)

Sattar minute. Sattar minute hain tumhaare paas. Shaayad tumhari zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute. Aaj tum achha khelo ya bura, yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge. Aur kaise khelna hai, aaj main tumhe nahin bataoonga. Bas itna kahoonga ki jao aur yeh sattar minute jee bharkar khel lo. Kyunki iske baad aane wali zindagi mein chahe kuch sahi ho ya na ho, chahe kuch rahe ya na rahe, tum haaro ya jeeto, lekin yeh sattar minute tumse koi nahin chheen sakta. Koi nahin. Toh maine socha ki is match mein kaisa khelna hai aaj main tumhe nahin bataaoonga balki tum mujhe bataoge. Khelkar. Kyunki main jaanta hoon, ki agar yeh sattar minute is team ka har player apni zindagi ki sabse badhiya hockey khel gaya toh yeh sattar minute khuda bhi tumse waapas nahin maang sakta. Toh jao. Jao aur apne aap se, is zindagi se, apne khuda se, aur har us insaan se jisne tumhe... tumpar bharosa nahin kiya, apne sattar minute chheen lo.

"Seventy minutes. You have seventy minutes. Perhaps the most special seventy minutes of your life. Whether you play well today or not, you will remember these seventy minutes for the rest of your life. And today, I will not tell you how to play. All I will say is - go and play these seventy minutes to your heart's content. Because whether what happens to your life after this is right or not, whether you have anything or not, whether you lose or win, no one can snatch away these seventy minutes from you. No one. So I decided that I won't tell you how to play; you will tell me. Through your game. Because I know that if in these seventy minutes, every player of this team plays the best hockey of her life, then even God can't ask you for these seventy minutes back. Go on. Go and snatch your seventy minutes. From yourself. From this life. From your God. And from every single person who did not believe in you."

It may be quite obvious, but for the record, here it is once again.

I love you, Shah Rukh. Chak de!


Unknown said...


Thisisme said...


Thisisme said...

okies..silver :D:DDDDDD

neers said...

I so wanna watch this movie!! I love shahrukh :D

Thisisme said...

n of course...bronze...baadh mein gaye rules...aise din baar baar nahi aate :D

Thisisme said...

now comin to the post...
this is one movie abt no one has anything -ve to tell abt..evem hardcore SRK haters liked it..:)
me luking fwd to watching it this comin week ..
n yep...i luvvv the dialogues..n also the title track..kinda wakes the indian in u..hai na? :)

voidzone said...


Absolutely.. absolutely rockin movie.. with a rockin performance from the King Khan.. he definitely has done remarkably well enough to get rid of the overacting demons of the KANK and the likes!

voidzone said...


Unknown said...

hehehe.. *does a victory jig* i got gold i got GOLD!! my first time!!! yeay!!!!
yeaaa the movie was awesomeeee..i watched it on the day it was released :P n i was completely surrounded my hooters n a wonderful 'first day' crowd.. mann it was great! HO!
i lovvvveee srk tooo!!

Unknown said...

by* hooters.. heh.. wat a typo!

Bivas said...

One of the best movies I hv seen this yr and guess what...watched it for the second time :D
Absolutely fantastic music as well...simply love 'Maula Mere' and 'Badal Pe Paaon'

Bivas said...

n did I mention...i have been listening to the music on repeat mode at least 6-7 times a day ;-)

Just Jane said...


and a shout out to all the 16 bad bad girls as well :-) the fabulous scriptwriter, dialogue writer and Mr. Shimit Amin, you have made a name for yourself in bollywood history, all of you!!!!!

HI5 Sash!!!

zapper said...

absolutely amazing movie!!! With a rock-solid performance by SRK and the girls!! Beautiful characterization!!!! it was fab!!!

Sid said...

One of the finest sports movies I have seen from Bollywood. Crisp and to he point and no unwanted yaming from SRK.

One thing I did notice about the 'sattar minute' was not actually 70 minutes you know...extra time + penalty goals etc.. yeah the technicalities...:)

Somehow I felt the word 'satar minute' was overused in this entire sequence.

Unknown said...

Hey! Yes the movie was awesome!:) I've been telling everyone go see it.

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Oh I remember that "accidentally revealed" thing --- when Ajnabee had released, we were in our dining hall and I started a rumour at one end, "Kareena Kapoor is the killer". People went through the entire movie expecting her to be revealed as the killer :D :D

Hahahaha.... my blessings with your friend!

Anonymous said...

Now thanks for telling the climax to me... :(

Btw, I think that dialogue is a straight rip-off from an English movie, Al Pacino says that I guess.. :)

parikrama said...

Aahh so it was you afterall. Sunday, 19th Aug - Jade Cinema. I was walking out of the theatre after catching the 3.15pm show and I saw you & Viv. Believe me, the excitement was something akin to spotting a celebrity!! I told my friends.. hey thats Sayesha.. she is a very very very famous blogger (and an editor) ;-)

Nidhi said...

Hey...even I wrote my last post on "Chak De!"....would like if you find time to check it out :)

abhartiya said...

u actually could recollect all those sentences from the movie?? u needta be praised..did anyone tell ya u good at remembering scripts which even some actors it felt as if am listenin to those lines again uttered by SRK...nice movie! and nice post!

Unknown said...

Agree totalli bhai! I myself went around yelling, clapping, raising my hands high up in the air & clapping. Poor people sitting behind me would be cursing me for it and chan chan went my bangles everytime I did that, hehehe. But I sooooooo loved it. Just one thing I missed doing, whistling. I sooooooooo wanted to whistle out aloud so many times, but...sigh! But I did yell & went yoohooooooooo n number of times. For this movie at least, I do agree, SRK rocks & no to forget the girlz, esp the bhains n punjaban! ;D

Ohhhhhhhh, I so wanna watch it again!!!

shub said...

you posted at 10.06pm? 10.06? I hadn't even reached home by then! :O

coach coach hota hai it seems!!! sheesh! tu aur teri titles! :))) tera coach nahi ho sakta! :P

and a biiig hi-fi that friend of Viv's for saying that! I like!! muhahahaha! :D

GuNs said...

Nice movie, isn't it?

ROTFL for "thappad-like comeback"


Unknown said...

I loved the movie!! And have been recommending it to everyone I talk to saying.."What you haven't watched it????". :-)) Yeah, that scene where he says this was quite something. Loved so many things about the movie. King Khan is surely King Khan. Kudos to the director too.

V said...

ummm...just for the record, though, I am sure Shah Rukh didn't write that speech! ;)

[I know, I know, I'm going to get kicks here...]

BTW, I'm Back!



Bivas said...

@CC: Not an exact rip though...Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday-

I don't know what to say really.
Three minutes
to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.
we heal
as a team
or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we're finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
we can stay here
and get the shit kicked out of us
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can't do it for you.
I'm too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh....
I pissed away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life.
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don't quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that's going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I'll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That's a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That's football guys.
That's all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?

Manchus said...

Amazing post and the best movie featuring King Khan ever. He fitted the role to the T.

My adrenaline was pumping all through the movie, great tempo all through.
I would love to watch it again!!

Anusha said...

Eee! I so know how you feel! I still lurve SRK, no matter how hammy his acting gets. Somehow, I'm always able to separate his acting skills from my love for him, something that applies only to him and Tom Welling. Fan-love is a weird, illogical thing. :D

I really enjoyed the movie too. I went with friends on Independence Day (woohoo!) and it was just us 6 and 2 other people in the theatre. Pity, since it's fun to have full houses at movies like this (and Lagaan) so you can scream yourself hoarse with all the others. Ah, well. We did that anyway. We cheered every goal, applauded when Komal and Preethi got over their differences and yelled and whooped almost all through the World Cup. I'd forgotten how awesome it is to be able to do that. :D

I'm still loving how these people took 12 relatively unknown girls, gave them ordinary clothes and no make-up whatsoever, and turned them into leads worth cheering crazily for. Just awesome. :)

Jeevan Baretto said...

How about that seen when he asks each one to introduce?? 'Indian'....

Unfortunately had to watch the movie in two parts. I had to attend a workshop on Photoshop so paused the movie after 2 hrs. Came running back to the room to watch the remaining part...!!

Jeevan Baretto said...

sorry.. seen nahi scene..!!

Naras said...

Good blog!! To add some more on this movie, I definitely recommend this as good timepass. That's about it though. I think the director has succeeded in drawing attention to sports other than cricket and that too women's sport capabilities and reality in India. Maybe a few people will definitely start respecting women's sport in the country.

Honestly, I have nothing else to praise about this movie, since it's not really exciting. Its just another success formula boringly repeated on the screen. Shahrukh is presented as a very inspiring personality but not successful in that attempt. The entire story of the movie can easily be guessed in the first 5 mins of the movie, the story is not at all gripping. Just that we can sit all through movie thinking that Shahrukh is a good actor.
In all.. the movie theme is good, but it lacks that zing that could have made it truly inspirational..


Art said...

I am not a gr8 fan of SRK.. But this movie is very different, not like the typical SRK movies.
When the girls got to go to the World Cup.. I had tears of joy..
And at the finals.. I was rooting for Team India..

This was not as much as Lagaan experience.. But this is something we can relate to more.. And the Sattar minute waala scene is too good...

I am sure we encounter such moments in life in any field and not just hockey..

Excellent effort by everybody who was in the film

V said...

someone ripped off my name in the earlier comments :-( Sattar minute hai is maamla seedha karne before I give out supari :-|

SAS God said...


SAS God said...

rakshabandhan pe kya gift de rahe ho mujhe?

sd said...

Bhai, watched the movie based on your reco. Thanks:)

~vagabond~ said...

For the longest time, I've been lurking around, sneaking in and secretly reading your blogs. But then, you had to bring up Shahrukh. Sigh. And I just cant stay silent no more. I love Shahrukh too!

Oh, and PS. I love your posts too! I think you're an incredibly good writer. Sheesh. And it took a guest appearance by Shahrukh for me to confess my love for your blog.

Angelsera said...

read your review..went for the movie..alone :)
enjoyed myself totally after a really long time in a movie...
those girls kicked ass
I m not a SRK fan and I must say I went for the movie w a bias that the story will def b "underdogs win" type feel good movie..but even then movie was good...

Thisisme said...

i saw it!!!!!!!!
its gudd :) even though the end could have been made bit more edgy ...but still mazaaa gaya...:)
i luved the eve teasers being beaten up part,..n the initial introduction of all players where the general discrimination agnst each state is bought up...n i luved the punjab di puttar...n that evil bindiya ;-)

Iday said...

Wanna see this movie.
Let me get back to Chicago and try finding some tickets.

PS: If ur wondering where the "get back" comes from - apun is mauj mastiying in Brazil for a week ;)

Unknown said...

Hi sayesha...long time lurker..but now i have to main daru khatam hogaya hain..refill kijiye..oh btw chakde wasnt tat good..srk was best in swades..

-professional bewda

nycbewda said...

Though the film was loosely based on hollywood flick Miracle (
But I liked every aspect of the movie in Hindi only. During the Independence Day celebrations here in NY most of the time Chak de India song was played and I felt really good listening to it.

satish said...

sahin pitcher hai bhai.

pahla wala comments likhte samay kuch jyada chad gayee thi mujhe. aur maine post usi samay pad liya tha and like KJ wonders everytime SRk comes to his show - 'what sud i say that hast been said before.', I wondered too. Its only too I did arrive at an answer.

I love SRK too. (KJ, USOAB!)

How do we know said...

i love Shahrukh too.. and i cant go to see the film now :-(( WAH!! Wait, let me try to be brave and make an effort today. Its just 3 hours.. *going to call another Shahrukh smitten friend*

Sayesha said...


Uh-oh! :P

Hope you did!! :)

Le ja le ja! Tere jaise bewde bhi bar mein baar baar nahin aate! :P

Yeah, I totally love the title track, goosebumps ho jaate hain bilkul! :D

Exactly my thoughts! Swades and Chak De have redeemed him - he can go do ten more KANKs now but I will still love him! :P

Your hooters? Ahahahahahahaha! :D

I LOVE maula mere! I listened to it for one whole week on loop! :P

HI5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Totally agree! :D

//One thing I did notice about the 'sattar minute' was not actually 70 minutes you know...extra time + penalty goals etc.. yeah the technicalities...:)

Dude, the sattar minute speech was BEFORE the game. That's when you don't know if there will be extra time and penalty goals and blah blah. So you work with 70 minutes! Ufff some people! Are you an engineer too? :/


Holy cow! You are evil!!!! :D I think I should write a post on such "accidental revealings"! :P

Ufff... tu jaake movie dekh re... koi leke jao re isko! Climax bata diya it seems! :D

Holy cow! You recognised me?? Oh, from Hop-scotch! Hehe... you should have said Hi! But I do remember how crowded it was that day... any friendly behaviour from a random guy would have earned a slam from me with Viv's cricket bat! :P

Yep, I did read it! Good going! :)

Of course I played the MP3 again to verify before publishing! There are more "wannabe-post-editors" lurking in the blogworld that we know! :P But yeah, I do tend to remember stuff from hindi movies. :)

CHAK DE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Hehehehe... mera coach nahin ho sakta?? Hah! Yeh wala coach toh mera hi hai! Muahahaha!
*successfully cracks another bad joke*

Awesome movie! :D


ps: Ya allah! Sumedh tu phir se waapas aa gaya?? Apun ne pata nahin kaun se paap kiye they pichhle janam mein...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS!! This is similar to Sattar minute??? THIS?? HOW????? Just because both have the word "minute" in it? SHEESH!! Us Coco ki toh!! :/

I can't wait to buy the DVD!!! :D

Yippee! Can't believe the theatre was so empty though! :O

You paused the movie???? You were watching pirated version??? :O Dude this is SO a big-screen movie!!!!

I don't think there was anything wrong with the predictable ending. I'd have hated it it if after everything, they'd lost the finals. :| Also, I don't think this was a SRK success formula. There was no heroine and he did not sing any songs - which are typical trademarks of SRK formula movies. At least they did not show an India-Pakistan final. Now THAT would have been cliched.

Exactly! Not so much Lagaan, but definitely more relatable!! :D


Abbe Bhai apun hai woh toh theek hai, lekin tu kabse Behen ban gaya?? Gift chahiye? Haha!

You're welcome! Spread the joy! :)

Welcome (officially) to the bar! Thanks for the kind words, and yes SRK rules! :D

You're welcome! ;)

Yeah, it's amazing - some of the girls are actual hockey players, not actresses. And they acted so well!!!!

Oooh Brazil! Enjoy! :D

#Professional bewda,
Wah! Bahut bewde dekhe apun ne, lekin professional bewda nahin dekha tha! Welcome welcome! Refill bhi ho gaya! :D

Read this!

Bewde, what is USOAB??? :O

#How do we know,
Why can't you?? :O

Iday said...

yeah i did :) Thanks!
I am TOTALLY burnt out after the week long trip.

kashika said...

hey sayesha

actually my comment has nothing to do with ur post but the fact tht i totally love ur blog. i was just surfing one day when i landed here n God, i ended up reading a lot of ur archives. i m still not done n i just wanted to tell u tht i m a big fan of ur blog.

Sayesha said...

Enjoy! :)

Welcome to the bar!! :) And thanks for all the compliments. :)

aham said...

saw it today...looooved it!