Olympic medal record
Men's field hockey
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow Team

Maharaj Krishan Kaushik (2 May 1955 – 8 May 2021) was a member of the India men's national field hockey team and coach of the India women's national field hockey team.

Biography

He was a member of the team when it won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. In 1998, he received the Arjuna Award. He also wrote the book The Golden Boot.[1] For his coaching contribution to Indian hockey he received the Dronacharya Award in 2002. He died on 8 May 2021 to COVID-19 in New Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic in India.[2][3]

Chak De India

Main article: Chak De India

Kaushik was involved in the development of the 2007 Bollywood film Chak De India. Its screenplay was written by Bollywood screenwriter Jaideep Sahni. Sahni had read a small article about the winning of the gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games by the India women's national field hockey team and thought that the premise would make an interesting film. Hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (who was accused of throwing the match against Pakistan during the 1982 Asian Games) has often been compared with Kabir Khan in the media.[4][5][6][7][8]

Sahni further stated in an interview with The Hindu:

I felt why has the girls’ team been given so little coverage. I shared the idea with Aditya [Aditya Chopra]. He liked it and said stop everything else and concentrate on it. I started my research by spending time with hockey players [...] It’s just a matter of chance that Negi's story matches with Kabir Khan. There are many cases, like in Colombia, football players are killed for not performing well for the club. I had no idea about Negi’s story while writing the script, and he joined us after the script was ready. In fact, his name was suggested by M. K. Kaushik, who was the coach of the team that won the Commonwealth Games’ gold. On day one, when Negi read the script, he cried and it was then that we came to know about his story.[9]

Sahni further noted that, "the story of Chak De was deeply inspired by the real life story of ex Chief National Coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik and his Indian Women's hockey team's real feat of winning the Commonwealth and many other championships."[10]

Both Kaushik and Negi did influence the development of the film after being approached by Sahni. Sahni first met with Kaushik and later recalled that, "M K Kaushik and his girls taught us all we knew about hockey. Then he recommended Negi to us, because when we finished writing and finished casting, we needed someone to train the girls. Negi assembled a team of hockey players to train the girls."[11]

Kaushik also stated in the same interview, "I taught him everything about the game, starting from how the camp is conducted, how the girls come from different backgrounds and cultures, the psychological factors involved. Also how the coach faces pressure to select girls from different states and teams."[11]

Sahni also contacted Negi and asked him to coach the actors portraying the hockey team. Negi agreed and trained both the girls and Shahrukh Khan for over four months.[12]

References

  1. ^ Golden boot. bharatiyahockey.org.
  2. ^ Ganesan, Uthra (8 May 2021). "Olympian and former India hockey coach MK Kaushik passes away". Sportstar. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  3. ^ Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, retrieved 22 December 2020
  4. ^ "Back to the goal post". The Hindu. 10 August 2007. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "Chak De India based on real life story of Mir Negi". IndiaFM. 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Chak De's real-life hero". Sify. 17 August 2007. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  7. ^ "More than reel life; the story of truth, lies & a man called Mir". Hindustan Times. 26 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  8. ^ "'They said I'd taken one lakh per goal . . . people used to introduce me as Mr Negi of those seven goals". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  9. ^ "In the company of ideas". The Hindu. 7 September 2007. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  10. ^ "There's nobody like Madhuri - Jaideep Sahni". IndiaFM. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Chak De: Searching the real Kabir Khan". NDTV.com. 30 October 2007. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  12. ^ Lokapally, Vijay (10 August 2007). "Back to the goal post". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)