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'I wanted to make a Don triology'
August 28, 2007 12:26 IST
His unconventional film about a girls' hockey team and a disgraced coach was a hit with critics and audiences alike.
The filmmaker spills the beans on the film and more in this entertaining chat. For those who missed the chat, here's the transcript.
Shimit Amin says, Hi everyone...
fasi asked, How was Experience wroking wid SRK [Images]??
jeetujose asked, Was Chak De truly orginal?
Arati asked, I am so glad that Ab Tak.. was not a fluke. Loved Chak De! But tell me, was SRK your first choice for Kabir Khan? Also, is it difficult to direct a movie that is written by someone else? Do the visions match?
Pmmvarma asked, the Girls really played as if they are players. Was there any speacial practice given to them on Hockey
shimitamin asked, are you going to direct Partner2?
zainabjabri asked, Hello Shimit, I liked Ab tak Chappan, but as Chak De India u have boomeranged into best directors category. Keep up the good work? Which is yr next movie?
amu asked, hi shimit,now i think ur ab tak chhappan was more convincing than chak de,who do u think is best among aamir and shahrukh?
vik asked, great work shimit...Chak de's very impressive, you kept in mind all the technicalities of field hockey and the matches looked real...tremendous job..hope it'll revive the national game..
asked, I loved your previous one and this one is simply brilliant especially the editing and background scores are amazing...kudos to salim sulaiman...whats next from you,sir?
shimitamin asked, hello, Shimit Sir.. i loved your movie... watched it 3 times... my question is that Are you going to direct Partner2?
karmesh asked, why didn't u include girls from orissa since the state is a hotbed and a goldmine for hockey players.....?
uk asked, If you plan to make a movie on Kabaddi, which hero you will like to take?
Raj Aryan asked, Do u plan any sequel to Chak dE India???
rohitleo asked, I watched the movie, really wonderful, was there any kind of risk on makng this movie based on india's national game hockey.. in which no one is interested.. and that too womens hockey ??? was there a fear in ur heart that.. this could be a flop ???
shimitamin asked, Looks like Vidya Malvade's part is cut from the original script...is it?
manzoor asked, Saw the movie from dubai. there were lots of applauses and cheering from the audience while watching CDI. how would u rate this success?
rajneet asked, why you , in ur movie posed a muslim as a traitor
ramsirisamp asked, one such neglected aspect in india is the north east. Mani ratnam tried to present the love tangle with terrorism in dilse perhaps the nativity is missing there. People like you can try to project the problems there with a love story or any other as you did in CDI
Shubhendu asked, Was Chak De inspired by the real life of ex-Indian Goal Keeper Mr. Meer Ranjan Negi?
javoooo asked, hey shimit...wot wud ur advise be for aspiring directors like me who like u belong from overseas and have no contact within the film industry.....(i currently have 5 scripts ready withe me ...but im in melbourne and dunno how what to do....)
prasun asked, chak de............... who's idea is it ??????
Anshul-11 asked, CONGRATS N THANKS for such a fantastic film. Isnt even a single girl in ur movie really plays hockey?I used to play hockey, n i think few were good players.
ganesh123 asked, Which scene was tough to shoot?
uk asked, would you like to make Romantic films too?
abtak56 asked, hi, shimit.. i want to be a script writer.. how can i find a sample script of a bollywood movie? can you plz help?
arvin asked, Hello sir, Both of your films have been genuine hits (i.e. masses & classes have liked it) which one do u think was better. (i liked Ab tak..)
rbgg asked, would like to get your inputs on SRK...what is your judgement on him..should he do more roles like Chak De and Swades [Images] or he should stick to his USP - entertaining films with romance as the theme
shoeb asked, Hi Shimit, I found 1 think missing in the movie though the movie is fantastic, it would have added more charm to it. I am referring to off-match strategies/planning.
TimePass asked, Marlon says, SHIMIT, AS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL, IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING AND VENTURE OUT TO DO THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO DO - MAKE A MOVIE. NOT EVERYONE IS RAY, AFTER ALL ! HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO SURVIVE AND SUCCEED IN BOLLYWOOD ?
santhu asked, SIR PLEASE TELL ME how did u got THE CENTRE FORWARD KOMAL .. she has done a great job
nimesh asked, as per you which is the best scene?
cook asked, Mr Shimit your film theme and story are very good. But there is a technical problem. In all your scenes the girls practice on grounds but in world cup they directly play on synthetic surf. That is nearly impossible
cipsy asked, which are ur favourite hindi films
vinaypadaki asked, do u thnik its gonna make any diff for th women's hockey team and gonna help promote hockey in th country????
Dan asked, Shimit ppl are calling it a commercial movie and also comparing it with Lagaan ur views?
sajjad asked, chak de is execellent movie, frankly speaking it was acting of shahrukh khan and use of arabic verses made it a hit,
Atanu asked, All the best for ur future Projects. Please make a nice intellectual (as always) film with Juhi. She is a wonderful actress. If possible, SRK and Juhi both or Aamir and Juhi. Either way, it would be an awesome movie. what do u say?
Pranesh asked, Hi Shimit, Are u planning next movie with SRK. Please direct DON II for him.
fdsad asked, Great movie shimit, when are you going to release the DVD?
svijay_wen asked, Mr shimit vijay from Beijing-China cogratulations for new movie i hope it will sucess like lagaan really good i showed to 2 my chinese colegues also really they like it
zahid asked, why u give two or three vulgar scenes in this great movie. i am not able to take my kids for that only. otherwise wanted to show them the movie??????? was that required???
abtak56 asked, which are your next assignments? plz mention.. we cant wait..bye the way, komal chautala was gr8 with that hariyanvi language..
mprasad asked, how was it working with SRK..did he get annoyed over you wnting so many retakes
karmesh asked, I just read that CDI is rip off from Miracle...how true is that or just rumours?
Atanu asked, How different was the YRF camp from the RGV camp since both are great camps?
dynamic_gaurav04 asked, The only thing which i don't like in the movie was lack of songs any clarifications??
arvin asked, what next, will u work with Salman Khan [Images]? he is my fav @actor
abtak56 asked, had any of "chak de girls" got any new projects?
opel asked, why todays most of tne bollywood movie is female oriented
alkatriv asked, hi, did you edit Company before making your first film?
SandeepInChina asked, Hello Shimit ji. Chak De was fine but the movie end was know as soon as the movie starts. Dont you think you should have added more fun & bit suspense to it. Even some scenes of the movie passed away silently where it could have spoken a lot.
rameez asked, How is SRk on Sets?/
andy asked, What do you think about Ajay Devgan [Images] as an actor? Any plans of working him in future? I would like you to congratulate for the movie Chak De india. I watched it other day it was really nice I also like your Ab tak chappan
shaileshprabhu asked, Hey Shimit, I wouldnt say great film, but i would say, very good attempt, It made me watch it, despite it having SRK. Was just wondering, why do Indian films always have exaggerated n unreal depiction of emotions? something that is totally out of real life context? do the producers insist such style or is it innate to our creative guys?
Mcube asked, I am hoping talented directed like you, venture into new areas like science fiction! What's you take on that?
fgsg asked, I didn't like the dialogue where one angry fan says that muslims should be sent back to pakistan. I thougth of muslim audiences and felt how they will feel.. it was too harsh..
badri asked, nice movie. camera work was great, but could have added few more angles for the matches. similarly climax could have had them shooting instead of defending finally
ali1 asked, Hello Sir...Congrats for Chak de!!!!Just one question is it a commercial hit or great movie failed at BO ?
cipsy asked, so when do u plan to work with Mr Bachchan
singh.akhi asked, sir.. how do u justify the maych b/w girls and guys... i mean wudn't it be better if the match wud have taken place b/w indian girls team and any other foreign girls team
cipsy asked, You had India`s biggest star and still the movie took a slow start.Was it because of the lowkey promotion?
Shimit Amin says, Thank you everyone for your compliments. I am really bowled over.