Indian women’s hockey team, led by Rani Rampal, created history in Tokyo Olympic 2020, winning against Australia and reaching the semi-finals for the first time. The virtual celebrations are trending with #ChakDeIndia. The entire social media has turned nostalgic and filmy at the same time.

Chak De India came out in 2007 and has been an all-time favourite movie of the nation, especially in the sports genre. The entry into the semifinals meant even the women’s coach, Sjoerd Marijne tweeted “Sorry family, I am coming again later.”

The tweet is turned into a small heart-melting conversation when Shah Rukh Khan tweeted “Haan haan no problem. Just bring some gold on our way back… for a billion family members.” The conversation became lively as SRK signed his tweet as “From ex-coach Kabir Khan” Marjine wins the tweeting streak by scoring a goal after tweeting “Thank you for all the support and love. We will give everything again. From: The Real Coach.”

Reel-life players of the hockey team in Chak De India shared congratulatory posts for the real-life team on social media platforms. Sagarika Ghatge, also known as Preeti Sabarwal in the film, wrote in her Instagram post, “The Indian women’s hockey team created history today by entering the Olympics semifinals for the first time. Congratulations to the whole team and more power to our women.”

Vidya Malavade, who played captain Vidya Sharma in the film, gave a shout out to the team saying: “Indian women’s hockey team created history at the Tokyo Olympics beating the works No 2 team Australia 1-0. My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since morning and I was just a part of the reel. These women are the real deal. Such pride, such grit… So much power… Team India onwards and upwards ladies.”

Chitrashi Rawat, the rebellious Komal Chautala in the film, wrote: “The Indian Women Hockey team has created history today. We are in the semis and the girls have stepped into their power in full glory. It is a deja vu moment for us… Not so long ago we had the privilege to experience the feeling of winning for our country in #chak de India. More power to the girls.”

Shilpa Shukla, the veteran Bindiya Naik in the film, writes, “Ya Man, almost 14 years ago on 10 of August Chak De! India released. It was made with unimaginable love and no words can explain that. Not for fame but to bring back the lost glory. #women’s hockey team We got this. Fingers crossed for the semifinal,”.

“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since morning,” wrote Tanya Abrol, who played the belligerent Balbir Kaur.

India, led by Rani Rampal, will play Argentina in the semi-final on Wednesday. Indian Men’s Hockey Team has also reached the Tokyo Olympic semi-finals for the first time in four decades after beating Great Britain in the quarterfinals. For the first time in decades, we are at the cusp of winning a medal in our national sport and if social media is to be believed, we couldn’t be more proud. For at least the next few days, India will be a Hockey, and not a Cricket-obsessed nation, thanks to the Olympics.

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