CHAKDE! INDIA - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

I am not a hockey fan and usually can just about tolerate Shah Rukh Khan. And yet, I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. Brilliant writing by Jaideep Sahni!!

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31 reviewers have given CHAKDE! INDIA an average rating of 4.8/5.0 (?)

29 yays
0 nays
2 so-so

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Thumbs up by Akshay Shah, Akshay Shah ...He directs the movie on a one-track basis without allowing any interruptions in the crux of the story at all... full review

Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...As far as the girls are concerned, they aren’t just sacrificial lambs at the altar of nationalistic pride, but independent thinking women by themselves.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...The movie has a number of intelligently conceived sequences... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Scene for scene, I could sense the director trying to break away from filmmaking cliché – and yet, his story, his very format is a giant cliché... full review

Thumbs up by Aly Kassam, Bolly Spice ...Jaideep Sahni’s dialogues are fiery and patriotic, exactly the way they need to be.... full review

Thumbs up Bollyvista.com ...Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is very good but one did wish that the editing be a tad better.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra ...the film’s theme and subject may appeal more to a niche kind of audience and due to its realistic feel it may appear more as an intellectual choice... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema ...What is interesting is the manner in which filters are used. Tints of green and orange are seen through the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald ...The hardcore entertainment-seeker may sulk at the masala-less fare. But Chak De India will appeal to the patriot in you... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...I don’t remember any scene in the movie which was unnecessarily added.... full review

Thumbs up by Aprajita Anil, Express India ...Amin has kept Ab Tak Chappan miles behind... full review

Thumbs up Filmiholic ...It’s remarkable to me to observe that while Shah Rukh is a driving force in this film, and omnipresent, he has been able to deliver a restrained performance... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...If the film is on the life of former India goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi, it is as much a celebration of womanhood.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...If a story is retold with varying riffs, a sliver of imagination and sufficient skill, just chill.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...But what it does have is a very 'clean' screenplay with all the typical elements of a good sports film in place.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...The film has all the right elements mixed -- satirical comedy, seriousness and dollops of emotions.... full review

Thumbs up by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV ...Sure there are some David-Goliath moments and female empowerment speeches but never does it slip into the 'utterly filmi' territory... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...what matters is that Shimit Amin gives us a reason to celebrate... full review

Thumbs up by aish2kar, MovieWalah ...Great amount of attention has been paid to the players, the diversity in culture, their language and team dynamics.... full review

So-So by Vijay, MovieWalah ...The movie has all the ingredients yet it lacks mass entertainment value. Music is not that encouraging either.... full review

Thumbs up by Vijayendra Mohanty, mypajama.com ...As if to prove the point, there is no India-Pakistan match in the coveted world cup. There are no scores to be settled.... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...Shahrukh Khan holds the film together, carrying the role with a lot of dignity... full review

Thumbs up by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...The key here is the fine balance the writer and director manage to strike across the many themes, characters and other elements in the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Phoenixnu, Passion for Cinema ...I always want to see the impossible becoming possible. In life, it doesnt happen always but we still want the magic to work.... full review

Thumbs up by Shruti Bhasin, Planet Bollywood ...In a film with no big stars, he doesn’t overdo his role... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...The film is fused with the elements of slick storyline, energetic performances and great field emotions.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...he film is compelling, constant, and leaves little room for filler... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...notch the inconceivable victory, but it does it with many a tumble and a fall, making the film a winner all the way.... full review

Thumbs up by Saakshi Juneja, To Each Its Own ...However for me the real hero of the film is its screenplay.... full review

Thumbs up Upper Stall ...Sudeep Chatterjee's camerawork which fortunately sticks to being more realistic rather than glossy... full review

Thumbs up by Neha Viswanathan, Within / Without ...Perhaps the even better bit is that the movie doesn’t go into jingoistic overtones.... full review