Bollywood dramas that will hit the ball out of the park with their depiction of sports
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Bollywood dramas that will hit the ball out of the park with their depiction of sports
Akhila Damodaran
Oct 14, 2021

Best Bollywood sports dramas

The Hindi film industry offers an exemplary portrayal of Indian sports, which is otherwise often overshadowed by cricket. These sports movies have found a way into the hearts of millions, inspiring and motivating them to get the balls rolling and offer a holistic view of the state of Indian sports and its ecosystem in the country. 

Here are some beautiful films that portray sports, other than cricket, that make for a great watch. So grab a bucket of popcorn and find your spot on the couch to relax and unwind with these entertaining sports movies.

5.5OTTplay Rating
Farhan beating someone to the punch in this boxing sports drama makes for a good watch. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the story follows a street thug who chances upon boxing and falls in love with the sport. The director has proved his expertise in portraying sports drama with his earlier film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and he does it again with Toofaan. Here, he also tries to address the sociopolitical strife and Islamophobia prevalent in the country. A slice-of-life film, it is attuned with daily urban realities and bravely portrays the prejudice.
8.7OTTplay Rating
This film not only manages to tell an inspiring and entertaining story but also breaks the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport that is mainly dominated by men. It highlights the stereotypes faced by women in sports and their families to a great extent. The film will keep engaged in the scuffles, bringing forth patriotism. Based on real-life incidents, the story follows Mahavir Singh Phogat, a wrestler from Haryana, who loses hope of having a son and trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to create history in the field of wrestling. The film is sure to knock you down.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
8OTTplay Rating
Indian director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has proved his mettle with this biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Infusing realism into drama, the film starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and Divya Dutta sparks an emotional deluge. The film won the hearts of millions for Farhan's fantastic performance as the athlete, great cinematography and music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and powerful writing. It beautifully captivates the passion of the athlete and tells an emotionally gripping tale through triumph and tragedy.
Mary Kom
7.2OTTplay Rating
Directed by debutant Omung Kumar, Mary Kom is a biopic of the popular Indian female boxer, who fought all odds and wrote her own journey to success. The boxer is played by Priyanka Chopra who brought the story to life convincingly and leaves you rooting for the sportswomen even more. The story also beautifully captures the personal struggles of the boxer and the apathy of administration when it comes to sports. It makes you respect the sportspersons, who put India on the world map, even more.
4.9OTTplay Rating
An official remake of the 2011 American film Warrior, the film is based on mixed martial arts. It stars Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra along with Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah in supporting roles. The film opened to mixed reviews but was appreciated by critics for telling the 'tale of destruction and redemption in a free-wheeling style' and for its well-choreographed fight sequences.
Chak De! India
8.3OTTplay Rating
A compelling film, it is in and out a sports drama. Helmed by Shimit Amin, this Shah Rukh Khan starrer film tells a fictional story about the Indian women's national field hockey team. Inspired by the team's win in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the film tries to explore themes like feminism, sexism and regional prejudice. The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film was also appreciated for its well-written female characters, excellent cinematography, musical montages of practice and fine use of locations.
7.2OTTplay Rating
The 2016 film is yet another wrestling movie. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, it stars Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. The film was well-received by both fans and critics alike. It is one of the best performances of Salman Khan who breaks free from his bhai-giri and presents a down-and-out wrestler. A good entertainer, the film has a great combination of sports drama and romance.

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