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Exclusive! When Shah Rukh Khan took the Chak De! India girls on a movie date

Vidya Malavade recalls fond memories of shooting with the superstar on his 57th birthday

Exclusive! When Shah Rukh Khan took the Chak De! India girls on a movie date

  • Arundhuti Banerjee

Last Updated: 02.58 PM, Nov 02, 2022


While actress Vidya Malavade has quite an impact with her performance in the web series Mismatched, she is also remembered as the captain of the Indian women's hockey team in the 2007 film Chak De! India. Vidya shared screen space with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the film, of which she has fond memories.

On the superstar's birthday, Vidya recalls her best memory of working with SRK.

Vidya told OTTplay, "All of us were rookies during Chak De! India, and we trained to play hockey for a year. We were in Australia, and Shah Rukh came there after the release of Don. One day, he was sitting with all of us and he asked us, "So girls, have you watched my film Don or not?" We said 'no', because it released while we were training for Chak De… Then he said, "Okay, this week, on our day off, I will take all of you to watch the film and then we will party!"

Because of this, the girls went shopping and dressed up after almost a year. "We were learning a sport and it was physically draining. We did not wear any dresses for a year, I think, forget about partying. We would wear tracksuits and T-shirts all the time, and practice on the field. That day, we were on cloud nine! I bought a new dress, some junk jewellery and dressed up! I mean, SRK was taking us on a movie date! Watching a Hindi film in Australia? Oh God! We could not contain our excitement," said Vidya.

The highlight for Vidya was watching Don with SRK.

"I am a fan of SRK and watched DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) in the theatre, and there I was, sitting next to him and watching his movie! And then the next day, we would be shooting for Chak De…, where I was Vidya Sharma, and he Kabir Khan! It was so surreal. I had goosebumps," recalled Vidya.

She continued, "I think my parents must have done something right for me to be so blessed by the almighty! I feel emotional even now, recalling that moment."

The film Chak De! India, produced by Yash Raj Films, featured Shah Rukh Khan along with Shilpa Shukla, Sagarika Ghatge, Anaitha Nair, Chitrashi Rawat and Vidya, among others. It released in 2007.