From Mary Kom to Saina: When Bollywood showcased these inspiring sports stories on the silver screen
Bollywood has always had a soft spot for sports dramas. When the inspiring sports story is inspired by a real life athlete, it just adds to the delight the film holds for audiences. While some of the biographical dramas based on the lives of sports personalities in the country have been a swing and a miss, others have added to the stars' illustrious legacy. From Soorma to Mary Kom, take a look at some of the must-watch Bollywood sports biopics that you must not miss.
Last Updated: 12.56 PM, Aug 29, 2022
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Based on the life of Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Neeraj Pandey’s M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a sports-biographical drama. The filmnarrates Dhoni’s journey from a small town to becoming the captain of the Indian cricket team. The film features Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role who is flawless in his performance, perfecting his physique and body language to match the real-life athlete. The movie is available on Disney+Hotstar.
Mary Kom is a 2014 biographical sports drama based around the journey of star athlete Mary Kom. The Darshan Kumar-directed film was a blockbuster hit and Priyanka Chopra in the main lead was much appreciated for her acting prowess and physical transformation to suit the part. The film depicts the arduous journey of Mary Kom who comes from a small village and later on represents India on the global stage as a champion boxer. A story of courage, love and relationships, the film can be streamed on Netflix.
Dangal is based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters in Haryana. It captures their journey to becoming star wrestlers in our country. It features Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. A blockbuster hit at the box office, watch it now on Netflix.
Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar revolves around the real story of an athlete turned dacoit. It features Iffran Khan in the lead role who captures the real-life struggles of Paan Singh Tomar and his journey to becoming an outlaw. You must watch it to witness Tigmanshu Dhulia’s excellent direction and Irrfan’s impeccable acting skills on screen. The film can be watched on Netflix.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a 2013 Sports biographical drama directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It captures the real-life story of athlete Milkha Singh and his journey to becoming the ‘Flying Sikh’ of India. It features Farhan Akhtar in lead roles and is available on Disney+Hotstar.
Soorma is a 2018 sports-biographical drama based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. It features Diljeet Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles and is directed by Shaad Ali. The film has an interesting plot line, following Singh’s personal life and career, and features excellent performances by the lead cast.The film is available on Netflix.
Capturing the life of star athlete Saina Nehwal, the film features Parineeti Chopra in the lead role. The Amole Gupte-directed film narrates the story of Saina’s life as she becomes a world champion badminton player. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Last Updated: 12.56 PM, Aug 29, 2022
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