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Premieres are centrepieces of global celebrations of Indian culture on the 60th anniversary of Indian independence
‘Chak De India’, Yash Raj Films’ latest production is hitting the marquees in style – with gala world premieres in London & Los Angeles. What’s more, both the premieres are centrepieces of mega festivals that celebrate India and Indian culture in the UK & USA respectively. And what better to celebrate that culture with than a movie that celebrates India’s national game, the game that gave millions of Indians an identity, hockey.
The London premiere will take place on the 9th of August in London as the centrepiece event of India Now, a three-month season celebrating London’s strengthening relationship with India and exploring India's culture and its contribution to London life. India Now was inaugurated on the 17th of July and encompasses events and festivities across practically every part of the city of London. The world premiere of ‘Chak De India’ will take place on the 9th of August at Somerset House, London’s most outstanding 18th century building, situated on the banks of the river Thames. This magnificent setting will form a fitting backdrop as the magic of ‘Chak De India’ is unveiled to a viewing audience for the first time ever. And if that were not enough, in attendance will be superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who plays the coach who tries to take a motley group of girls to the pinnacle of world hockey.
Commented Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, "We have many events throughout the three month duration of India Now, however the world premiere of Chak de India will undoubtedly one of the biggest and most exciting. It is a great honour for London to host this launch event for a film which, like so many Bollywood blockbusters, will touch the hearts and minds of millions across the world."
The Los Angeles premiere, to be held on the 10th of August, is part of a shorter but no less prestigious event of a nature similar to India Now. Called ‘India Splendor’, the festival runs from 10th to 15th August and is a mega showcase of India’s arts, business, technology, food, dance, spirituality on the occasion of India’s 60th anniversary of independence. ‘Chak De India’ will be the opening night film of India Splendor. Present on the occasion will be the director Shimit Amin and the screenwriter, Jaideep Sahni.
The stage is set. The world is ready to welcome ‘Chak De India’ as part of India’s 60th Independence celebration. Are you ready to welcome back hockey into your heart?