The trick was to keep the audience wanting more and not giving it. There were other moment -- Vidya, the captain, walks up to the coach and tries to strike up a personal conversation, but he leaves after patting her on the shoulder. Or when the coach approaches Bindiya to ask her to play a crucial match after making her sit on the bench for almost the entire season
Note to Karan: such moments allow the audience to `feel` intelligent while watching a film. A bit of interpretation never harmed acreative work. Too much explanation is repulsive and retards the growth of both the actor and the audience.
Chak De has brought a massive turnaround in the way people perceive Shah Rukh Khan. SRK`s reactions and responses in the film did not rely on his stereotypical expressions. He even carried himself differently -- almost as if his personality grew up and matured, as if playing the coach allowed him to feel one with the character. As opposed to KANK where one could feel the lack of direction on the part of the director and the `I`m-out-of-my-depth` feeling on the part of SRK who played a `bad tempered husband`.
Why the comparison with Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna you may ask? Because the media hype that surrounded it was tremendous, yet it failed to make the film work, while in Chak De a band of unknown girls and a macho coach have charmed the nation with their own brand of sincerity.
Each of the 16 girls still drools over Shah Rukh`s gentlemanly behaviour. Balbir from Chandigarh recounts how he kissed her hand and all the other girls wanted to kiss the same spot. Vidya says: `SRK has outdone himself. He`s phenomenal in this role. SRK and Kabir Khan merged into one. Every time I see the film, I feel: My goodness, how much he has identified with this character.`
And that is the refrain that we hear repeatedly from everyone who watches Chak De.