The thriller suspense stories based on sports have always done a good business in Indian cinema . Stories based on true event has always been presented in a happening manner that attract audience to the theatre .Talking about some of the movies that were based on sports there role caste and business, here is the whole review
The very first movie starrer Aamir Khan name the “Lagaan” was directed by Ashutosh gowariker. It starred Gracy Singh as the female lead. British actors Rachel Shelly and Paul Black thorne who played the supporting role. Talking more about Lagaan the film was shot in a village near Bhuj. The film is set in the Victorian period of Indians colonial British Raj and revolves around presents from a barren village who are operated by taxes imposed by their rulers. The attempt to persuade the British officers to reduce the taxes because of poor agricultural production .Instead people of that village is offered a challenge that if there village team beat the British team in a game of Cricket the taxes of 3 years would be cancelled. The story was a suspense based on sport .Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at International film festivals as well as many Indian film awards. It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best foreign language film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay (1988) it was one of the biggest box office hits in 2001.
Iqbal written by Vipul K Rawal and directed by Nagesh kukunoor the film was released under the Subhash Ghai’s new banner, Mukta searchlight films, it starred Shreyas Talpade in the lead . The story follows a cricket obsessed boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcome his difficulties and become a cricketer and fulfill his dream of playing for the Indian National Cricket Team. Not so good at the box office ,yet this movie gave a very good impact on our youth when it was released.
3. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
This movie was produced by Ronnie screwvala and directed by Vivek Agnihotri for UTV Motion pictures the film stars John Abraham, Bipasha Basu , Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani .Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is a contemporary fictional story of South Asian community in the UK told through the prism of Professional football. The business of the movie was over all good.
The record success of Aamir Khan’s Dangal is on the peak now a days .Aamir Khan’s biopic on the heroic of wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat mentored by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat .Dangal was in news ever since shooting for the film started .This movie is directed by Nitesh Tiwari ,Dangal has become only the second Bollywood film to cross the rupees 300 crore mark
5. MS Dhoni:The untold story
India’s most awaited story MS Dhoni the untold story was finally released in the year 2016. MS Dhoni is the most successful cricket captain of Indian cricket team . Everybody knew his potential and his cricket but nobody knew it comes so early, even before his retirement from the world cricket . To portray Dhoni on a big screen with authenticity was a challenge for director Neeraj Pandey and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput but fortunately the film on the more than hundred crore at the box office with flying colours. Disha patani debut from this film and hence proved herself a good actress.
Salman Khan starrer Sultan is one of the most remember full story in the sports category. Salman Khan decided to play a character that suit at his age more than most of his other roles. In this movie Khan played as the Haryanvi wrestler who returns to the ring to regain the last glory. Although the film was inspired by a couple of Hollywood sports Film, Sultan managed to hit the right strings and it was the highest grossing film of 2016 before the release of Aamir’s Dangal.
7. Saala khadoos
R Madhavan plays the role of a boxing coach in Saala khadoos who transforms an ordinary fisherwoman to an aggressive boxer. This movie is the remake of Tamil film “irudhi suttru” it didn’t do any wonders on the ticket Windows but people notice the new Ritika Singh.
After being interviewed Ritika Singh said” I was crazy about material arts. At the age of 3 I started training in Karate. I never thought of acting Bollywood. I have not seen many films when this offer him I accepted it as I like the story”
8. Chak de India
Shahrukh Khan started Chak De India is one of the most watched and love sports movies in India the plot begins with the story of a national game hockey . This is a story of Hockey player who gets entangled in a fixing row. He loses his place in the team after a loss to Pakistan, he is then considered an outcast in his hometown and eventfully has to move from his ancestral house. The emotional drama touched the heartstrings of nation and the movie went on to be a major hit. It also Shines as much awaited spotlight on hockey as an integral in Indian Sport.
9. Bhag Milkha Bhag
The biopic of India’s most decorated athlete Milkha Singh was turned into a film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag .This movie not only inspired sports person but also had an emotional connect with fans across India. It shows his struggle after he is forced to leave everything and come to Delhi as a Refugee having lost his parents in the blood shed of partition . It portrays the early life of Milkha Singh in pre-independence Pakistan, the movie traces milkha’s formative years in old Delhi and moves on with him when he joined the army before hitting National headlines as India’s most successful athlete. His struggle and his success is valued in the film by Farhan Akhtar and proved to be the best sports film of the year of its release.
Azhar is a biopic based on the life of former Indian Skipper Mohammad Azharuddin .Emraan Hashmi played the role of the cricketer in the movie and this movie shows the ups and downs in the life of azher beginning with his amazing test career,his earning of respect from Indian public . Later as he gets convicted in a match fixing scandal in 2000 and his cricket career comes to a pause.Movie goes on portraying how he again managed to win hearts by getting elected in the Parliament . The box office review was not so good and not so bad .
11. Mary kom
The woman boxer Mary Kom is known for winning in Olympic bronze medal .The movie was based on her sports and on her life. The theme of women empowerment by showing how, Mary Kom paved her way to the Olympics in a society where women are not given freedom to chase their dreams. The role was so challenging and it could not have been better played without Priyanka Chopra. Later her coach would and the becoming her husband, despite the difficulty in raising her kids Mary Kom continuous to practice boxing and eventually will win the bronze. Mary Kom was a box office hit and was a salute to women who changed their dreams despite all the difficulties in their life.
12. Paan Singh Tomar
Irfan Khan played the lead role in Paan Singh Tomar .Tomar was the Indian long distance runner who was a national champion . He came from a humble background but insincere relatives trouble ,Tomar personal life ,his ancestral land in the village that was seized by his relatives and the local police deny any help. Tomar ends up killing one of his relatives and injured the policeman .Tomar goes on to become a notorious favour.
13. Patiala House
Patiala House is another film based on sport.The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma and many other known actor and actresses.
Rishi Kapoor is head of the family who remembers his early days of struggle in England after immigration from India. The family have migrated from Patiala and suffered racial abuse. His son Akshay Kumar extended Junior Cricket till he is grounded on his father’s instruction who does not want this child to face the kind of racial abuse that led to the death of his own brother. This story is a father-son conflict about the values of sports in one’s life. Although the movie didn’t play a good role at box office yet it teaches a lot about one’s own values in life.