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Congress banks on Chak De vote in Gujarat

MUMBAI: Films fascinate all and more so Indians. Our real life heroes are often the reel life ones. Films too, become our mantras. There have been scores of debates on the bad influences of Hindi films. Politicians have publicly ridiculed films. And then came Chak De.

If the script of the film found a place in the Margaret Herrick Library, it comes as no surprise that the same script is being used by Congressmen in Gujarat to script their party‘s success.


The Congress, out of power from the key western state for 17 long years, hopes to recreate the magic of the Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘Chak de‘ at the hustings.

The opposition party is relying on ‘Chak De Congress‘ stickers to spread its message and it has virtually become a mantra for the party in the ‘do or die‘ battle in which chief minister Narendra Modi has certainly become an issue.

In fact, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who recently visited the central Gujarat region, a saffron stronghold of which Godhra is also a part, said that the chief minister has become an issue because of his "arrogance".


It remains to be seen if Chak De will swing votes in favour of the Congress. The film sure did set the cash registers ringing for Yash Raj Films in what has otherwise been a rather lacklustre 2007.

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