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SRK to play coach

King Khan will play a coach of a girls' hockey team in a forthcoming film.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 17:23 IST

Bollywood's leading actor, Shah Rukh Khan, will play the coach of a girls' field hockey team in a new Hindi film to be produced later this year.

The film is inspired by the 2002 crossover hit Bend It Like Beckham, in which the daughter of conservative Sikh parents living in London rebels against tradition by playing on a soccer team.

Chak De, or "Go For It," as the film is tentatively titled, deals with how Khan's character pushes a mediocre field hockey team to victory.

Director Shimit Amin is busy with pre-production work, while the casting director is looking for fresh faces for the hockey team. Auditions for team members are over and a few names have been short-listed.

Inspired by Bend It Like Beckham, forthcoming film Chak De will feature Shah Rukh as a coach for a mediocre girls' hockey team

The girls selected for the film will have to undergo intensive two-month field hockey training.

Recently named Khan India's favourite and top-earning actor, Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in more than 50 movies, including the blockbusters, Main Hoon Na, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Devdas.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 21:00 IST