Indian team loses the hockey world cup final and the captain of the team Kabir Khan is blamed for match fixing charges. Disreputed and rejected, he has to leave his house and his place in the hockey team. Seven years later, he returns to coach the women's hockey team for world cup, which till now the selectors decides to skip altogether. Comes along him, strict, martinet coach who takes the responsibilty to build the team altogether from handful of special 16 odd players from different states. He is able to do that successfully.
The next challenge is even to convince the selectors to send them for the world cup. Follows an action packed match with the men's team and what you see is wholesome entertainment in hockey match. All the girls are completely in the characters. What follows is the world cup tournament, which again every match is perfectly shot, simulating the real matches, even more interesting.
Based on the life of Mr. Negi, the film is passionate display of the respect and love for the country and the sport. Till now Shahrukh's best performance. He has so little to do in a film which is oriented around female hockey team, his contribution just outshines anyone else in them. His energy, aggreession, control and a feeling of joy in the end are simply superb. He truely shed his larger than life persona to bring out an amazing performance. The end when he fells with tears in his eyes, is cinematic excellence. Even all the girls play there part immaculately. They are confident, assertive and assured, never looked new-comers.
The music is very peppy and passionate.
The story development is very intriguing, and all the matches looks so exciting, thanks to the action director where suspense and thrill comes out very well in every match. Full marks to Shimit Amin, for bringing out such a wonderful movie out of untested & difficult waters like women's hockey. And he truely has glorified them, now no parents will stop their girls from joining sports. view less