Dhanraj Pillay stickwork for SRK & Co

Kolkata, Apr 27 | Updated: Apr 28 2007, 08:48am hrs
Ace hockey striker Dhanraj Pillay is now into Bollywood. Well, almost. The 39-year-old Pillay is coaching Shah Rukh Khan who plays a hockey coach for a girls' team and the girls themselves in the movie Chak De India.

"I am not acting in the film. I just did what the production team wanted me to do," said Pillay, who was here recently.

The story is about a hockey coach and a young Sikh girl who wants to join the squad even though her parents don't like the idea.

SRK puts the girls through a rigorous training regime. It is when the team arrives in Australia to play in the women's World Cup that their struggle for dignity and self-respect begins.

"Shah Rukh does not need to be trained as he used to play good hockey during his student life," said Pillay, who works as a deputy manager (commercial) at Indian Airlines. Pillay played 339 international matches in a career spanning 1989 2004.

"I got involved after a casual chat on the film at an awards function in Mumbai, where I was with him, Shabana Azmi and Priyanka Chopra," said Pillay.

Yash Raj Films plans to release the movie on August 10.