Midweek mini movie break: (when feminist themes collide) Sports + India + Feminism = Chak De!

Sometimes, things all come together. The internet really helps.  So,

Presentation I saw at Queen’s workshop last weekend on national/international elite sports events and funding and gender analysis (thanks activist/journalist/athlete Laura Robinson and Queen’s 2L Erin Durant)


Meeting with feminists from Jindal Global Law School on Monday at Osgoode and conversation about ways to collaborate including online (thanks Priya Gupta and Ashleigh Barnes)


lots of talk at Osgoode lately about law and film (thanks Ruth Buchanan/Lisa Philipps and others)



=  THIS!

Click here for contextualising post:   Generalising » Blog Archive » Chak De! India and feminism.

I kind of recommend reading the blog post, which I think is fun and thorough (“is Chak De! India feminist?”).  You might also benefit from this from wikipedia (ok, don’t  roll your eyes – it is a movie):

Khan realizes that he can only turn the girls into a winning team if he can help them to overcome these divisions and learn to cooperate with and help each other. Thus during the first few days, he benches a number of players who refuse to conform to his rules, including the most experienced player, Bindia Naik (Shilpa Shukla). In response, she repeatedly attempts to encourage the players to revolt against Khan. Bindia finally succeeds and in anger, Khan resigns. As a sign of good will, however, he invites the staff and team to a going away lunch. The anger that the team felt towards Khan and each other evaporates, however, when some local boys make a pass at Mary and Molly. In response, Balbir attacks them, an act which leads to a brawl between the boys and the entire team. Khan, recognizing that this is their first instance of working together as a team, repeatedly prevents the staff from intervening. His only action is to stop a man from striking one of the women with a cricket bat from behind, telling him that there are no cowards (with a double entendre meaning of the Hindi word for coward) in hockey.[15] After the fight, the women (now bonded as a team) beg Khan to remain as their coach.

On the other hand, if you’re just here because I tagged the post Shahrukh Khan, go ahead to the vid – there’s not too much of him in there, though. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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