It would indeed be for the first time where the entertainment tax break has been given to a film which has emerged as a real winner, which has also sort of chucked away the prejudices and norms that plague the society in the country. The finest expression of disdain of the stereotyped and the dogged perseverance to achieve it is expressed in the dialogue "ek laundiya ko ek launde ko DIKHANA hai", uttered by the character Pretty Sabbarawal and the united manner in which the girl power combines to prove the point is an example of camaraderie that sports can develop and give the sense of identity to an individual. It is also for the first time that a female actor has uttered with utter vagabond approach the dialogue "laundiya", which is eponymous of the distance that the relationships in gendered equations have traveled whereby now the girls are also totally game to use cusp words.
The other subtle level at which the game operates is in the competition between the technology and the human desire for excellence. This theme operates as the underlining text right from the time the team is shown to have landed at Australia and gaping about the equipments on which the physical fitness is being performed by all the other teams, to the time when the Australian coach forces her assistant to have a blue print of the plan through which the team is playing and then the technology being defeated once again by the brain that creates the technology by saving the final goal through the eye contact. It is also a statement about the fact that while all the other countries are leveraging technology to hone their performances, there is still a definite scope for our country to increase incorporation of technology in intermediary stages to fine-tune the outputs.
CHAK DE is also a telling comment on the efforts being undertaken in the country to maintain the physical infrastructure and the dialogue of the gate keeper of the stadium sums it all up, when he says that he is not giving the ground to the Ram Lila committee for staging the Ram Lila. Hope still is there at the end of the tunnel. The geographical knowledge of the common citizen about the diversity of the country is also exposed through the film, specially the attitude towards North East, which for still many persons in the country is not India. The general perception about North East is indeed summed up in the comment by the girl from Manipur who says that, if the citizen of the country is treated like a guest then it speaks volumes about the level of awareness about the country.
What was told by Churchill at the time of the Independence of the country about India not being a cohesive unit, still seems to be a dominant motif of the world view of the players of the country, wherein even after being adorned with the national flags, they continue to stick to the vestigial links of the states which they represent. This is the bane of the most of the problems that plague the country.
While being commercial the fact that the film has done twice the business of its costs, speaks about the issues that the film has been able to address, and the underbelly of selection process in sports and the autocratic manner in which federations of sports are run, that it has been able to bring into the public agenda. May be, the teams that are selected post CHAK DE taking a message from the film would select a team that is Indian in its spirit and not represent a composition of different states of the country. The tax break that has been given to the film should be taken as a positive sign by the schools to provide an opportunity for schools and colleges to experience what team spirit is all about. The team spirit is what is needed and once it is inculcated, all other associated problems can be CHAK DE.