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Sunday, October 14, 2007

"Chak de India" was inspired by an Uttaranchali...

(story published on orkut)
The story of the forthcoming Hindifilm 'Chak De India' is based on an Uttarakhandisportsman. Produced under the banner of Yash RajFilms, the film is purportedly based on the life of anIndian hockey player, Mir Ranjan Negi.Negi hails from Majkhali in district Almora. He wasborn on 7 September 1958 in Jabalpur (MP). Mir ispresently serving in the Mumbai Customs. Negi donned the Indian colours for many years. But the1982 Asian Games in New Delhi totally changed his lifefor the worse. He was the goalkeeper of the Indianhockey team during the Asian Games. India faced ahumiliating 1-7 defeat against Pakistan. This was anunforgettable experience for Negi. Later in his life,Negi coached the National Women's hockey team and theteam went on to win Gold at the ManchesterCommonwealth Games. 'Chak De India', slated for release on 10 August, hasa similar storyline. Shahrukh Khan is playing the roleof the hockey coach. Mir Ranjan Negi accompanied thefilm unit to Australia to help them shoot on thehockey field. The 1982 defeat had an adverse affect on the life ofNegi as he was charged with match fixing. Yashraj Films' Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chak de Indiadepicts the story of Negi, who was accused of takingmoney from the Pakistanis to concede goals. Althoughunsubstantiated, the allegations ensured he neverplayed for India again. Chak de India is inspired byhow Negi fought those allegations and redeemed hishonour by helping India win the men's Asian Games Goldin 1998 at Bangkok and the women's team to gold at theManchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

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