Last Updated: 11.21 AM, Aug 06, 2022
From Dangal to Soormamust, Bollywood films guaranteed to fire up sports enthusiasts
Films belonging to a plethora of different genres and interesting plotlines have found their place in Bollywood. Among them, sports dramas seem to be a favorite of the industry.
Bollywood has gone through a wave of making sports biopics and dramas featuring the life of famous sports personalities. In addition to biopics, there are fictional stories like Mukkabaaz as well which have beautifully captured the art of sports in cinema. These movies invoke the feeling of patriotism in the heart of the audience and have done a great job of catering to the large Indian audience. Have a look at seven of these movies that were critically acclaimed and were the recipients of praise for capturing the sports culture in India.
The sports biographical drama was released in 2016. Based on the true story of the Phogat family with Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two daughters, this story revolves around these three and their journey to becoming world-class wrestlers.
The film features Aamir Khan as Mahavir Sigh Phogat and Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sana Malhotra as Geeta and Babita respectively. This sports biography very subtly comments on rural realities and patriarchy that hampers the growth of an aspiring sportsperson. Nitesh Tiwari, the director of the film did his best to portray the sport of wrestling in the best way possible. In addition, Aamir Khan and his cast also did justice to their characters by bringing out the sports spirit in them.
The movie is a must-watch for all cinephiles and sports enthusiasts to get a boost of motivation and emotions with power-packed performances by the actors.
Chak De India!
Chak De! India is a sports drama directed by Shimit Amin with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. The 2007 movie created a lot of buzz with its release and was a blockbuster hit. Featuring the story of a hockey player Kabir Khan and the retrieval of his career after many years as a coach with the Women's Hockey team, the film fills you with emotions of patriotism, courage and sacrifice. Shah Rukh as Kabir Khan is fabulous in the film and plays his character with conviction. The film has become a cult classic for all sports enthusiasts in India. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.
The 2018 sports biography is based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. Shaad Ali directed the film featuring Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi in lead roles. Though the film did not get much commercial success, it has become quite popular over the years. The story revolves around the struggle that Sandeep Singh went through in his career and his win against all odds. Tapsee Pannu plays his love interest in the film and plays the part with complete devotion. The film is a must-watch for all sports and cinema lovers to experience the hard work that goes through in making a career out of sports and making your country proud. The film is available on Netflix.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Farhan Akhtar stars in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biographical sports drama based on the life of athlete Milkha Singh. The film became a blockbuster hit soon after its release and the physical transformation that Farhan went through to portray Milkha Singh on screen was very much praised by the audience and the critics.
The film takes viewers through the life journey of Milkha Singh, his immigration from Pakistan to India, his entry into the army and how he ended up becoming an athlete. The supporting cast of the film includes Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra, Yogra Singh and others. All the actors have played their parts flawlessly. The direction and visual effects which featured Farhan Akhtar's face in all the past clipings of Mikha SIngh is commendable. The film promises to fill you the boost of energy and motivation. The film is currently streaming on Disney+Hotstar.
The 2014 sports drama film features Priyanka Chopra as the titular character. The film revolves around the journey of Mary Kom in her pursuit of becoming a World Champion in boxing. The film takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including sacrifice, love, loss, grief and finally success. Priyana Chopra is flawless in portraying the character with her physique, accent and the nuances with which she fights her battles. The film became a box office hit and Mary Kom, the star who was not much recognized before even after her commendable success in boxing at the international stage, became a household name and received all the praise that she deserved. The film has power packed performances and memorable songs such as "Ziddi Dil" and "Sukoon Mila". The film is available on Netflix and Amazon.com.
Anurag Kashyap has written and directed film this sports drama. The 2017 film features Vineet Kumar, Zya Hassan, Ravi Kishan, and Jimmy Shergill in lead roles. It follows the life of Shravan Kumar who falls in love with the niece of a boxing federation head, Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy). What follows is the love story between the duo and the struggle that Bhagwan Das creates in their relationship. The film very subtly comments on the caste discrimination that is prevalent in the country.
Vineet Kumar is excellent in portraying his boxing and acting talent on screen and Anurag Kashyap also did a fabulous job of doing justice to the character with his direction and interesting storyline. The action sequences and boxing training scenes are a treat to watch for all sports enthusiasts. The film is available on Zee5 and Amazon Prime Video.
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
The 2016 sports drama film saw Sushant Singh Rajput star as the titular protagonist. The film is based on the life of M.S. Dhoni, ex-captain of the Indian cricket team. The film showcases his struggle from Ranchi to playing cricket for his nation in the international arena.
The film features Disha Patani and Kiara Advani in the supporting cast as his love interests. Cricket is the most preferable sport in India and the film explains exactly that, the craze that Indians have for the sport and how it is followed religiously. The movie is a must-watch to witness the struggle of Dhoni and his final win at the World Cup that took the country by storm. The film is available on Disney+Hotstar.
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