Monday, March 31, 2008
Confessions of a sports movie addict
So it's out in the open. Yes, I have probably seen every corny sports movie out there (hollywood, bollywood, indie movies, you name it). You know the ones where the team sucks and looses horribly to their arch enemy in the first match. Then a series of events follow at the end of which they meet again in the final of some tournament, and the underdog teams wins. Overtime and/or a shootout of some kind is almost always involved.
But this post is about more than that. Enter Chak De India! Mind you the story line is pretty much exactly the same. However there is a twist. This movie is about ... ready? SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN PLAYING SPORTS!! Yes, a mainstream Bollywood movie with iconic actors that shows brown, Indian woman playing sports. There have been Bollywood sports movies. There have been sports movies about expat South Asian women. But never this that I know off (please let me know if I am totally wrong on that). Don't get me wrong, I could write a thesis about why this movie is still problematic. But then again it is a mainstream movie.
Its been more than four months since I first saw the movie, I thought the excitement would wear off by now. Sad, but a female South Asian self-identified sports lover like myself gets few opportunities to get excited about something like this. The last time was when Bend it Like Beckham came out. Since I now have a choice between movies I will declare that I probably still prefer Bend It to Chak De since it is a better movie, in my opinion. Despite the fact that they did not keep the original Queer storyline ...