I picked up the paper today morning and went through an interesting piece. It was about Bollywood bad shah(sorry, did I leave a space ;-)) Shah Rukh Khan and his soon-to-be-released movie Chak De India. The movie is about him being a coach of the Indian women’s hockey team.
It is with despair that we can note the fact that we need a movie to promote a national sport. India must be the only country in the world, which is imbalanced in such a way. We have our own hockey stars but most of the country doesn’t even recognise them. Only keen followers and GK enthusiasts know something about the game.
Imagine this situation. You play hockey for your country. Your a star. You just helped the team finish 3rd at an international tournament. And still if you walk down the street, no head is going to turn in appreciation. It hurts, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s reality for you then. But my ego definitely hurts. To see a fake, hypocrytic and apparently useless industry about to help promote the national game is something that cannot be digested. Even the fact that they are bound to earn crores of rupees from the movie’s success. But our hockey stars will still walk in the open at night, with life as normal as can be…..