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Aug. 16, 2018 — At the cinema

Eleven years ago, Chak De! India reached theaters here in the United States. The movie told, more or less, the story of the India women’s field hockey team’s victory in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, although the teams were battling for a prize that looked suspiciously like the FIH World Cup trophy.

This month, if you can find them, a couple more field hockey movies are making it onto the thousands of movie screens across the country dedicated to South Asian cinema.

Soorma is a biopic of former India men’s captain Sandeep Singh, who made a miraculous comeback from a gunshot wound in 2006, guiding India to not only the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009, but through Olympic qualifications for London 2012.

Gold is an account of the India men’s field hockey team that won the gold medal against Great Britain, in London, almost one year to the day that India gained its independence from the British Crown. It was then that the Indian team was able to stand on the top step of the podium and sing the national anthem as a group for the first time.

Both are playing in the United States, but you may need to do an internet search to see which of the 40,000 screens across the country are showing it. No, you’re not likely to see any of the protagonists burst out into song-and-dance numbers; this is the new Bollywood we’re seeing here, but you will certainly get your money’s worth.