The media often compared hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (who faced accusations of throwing the match against Pakistan during the 1982 Asian Games) with the character of Kabir Khan in the media. In response Negi commented that, "this movie is not a documentary of Mir Ranjan Negi's life". Negi joined the production team after his name was suggested by the national coach of the women's team Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, who was with the team when it won the Commonwealth Games' gold in 2002.
The title song "Chak De! India" has become an unofficial sports anthem for India. Salim-Sulaiman composed the song with this intention.
Chak De! India was screened on 30 May 2009 at the opening of the SPAR Cup in Durban, South Africa in order to welcome the Indian Women's National Field Hockey Team.