‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, Dhoni’s biopic is one of the most awaited films of the year, even the trade analysts and critics have already predicted that it will be a blockbuster. That just goes to show the craze and popularity of sports in India. There are two things that every Indian follows: Movies and Sports. Bollywood and cricket are the two religions in India which have brought people together.
Every Indian considers himself an expert analyst when it comes to these two subjects. They can tell you why a movie will be a hit or a flop, what changes Indian team should make to win the match. You can’t deny how much big of a fanatic you’re when it comes to sports and movies. You can’t miss a new movie of your favorite star, whenever your country plays a match, you’re always there to support. No matter if it’s Cricket, Hockey or some other sports.
So sports and movies do make a hit formula, they attract audiences to the theaters. No wonder why lately there has been a trend of making the biopics and sports drama. These sports movies have another level of epicness with them. The inspiring story of an athlete or once a famous legend who’s now forgotten, overcoming all the odds to prove himself to the world. Throw in some item-numbers, catchy songs, and popular stars in the film, and BANG it’s a hit.
So let’s take a look at 10 Indian Sports Movies That Everyone Should Watch!
1. Chak De! India (2007)
If you don’t feel proud to an Indian while watching this film, then you’re not an Indian.
The inspiring story of the Indian Women’s hockey team winning the World Cup and overcoming all the odds and challeneges. Once Indian team was the best Hockey team, it had won gold in the Olympics. But soon the great era of the Hockey was over and it became a forgotten sport. People moved on to cricket and Hockey didn’t receive the attention it deserved. This film proved to be a game-changer, the IHF decided to model a Hockey team around the movie, to create a Chak-De effect for real. People started following the sport again with even great passion, the film rejuvenated the Indian Sports culture.
2. Laagan (2001)
This emotional and patriotic story with a blend of Cricket is everything India stands for.
Story of the people of a small village in British Raaj, who are tired and burdened by high taxes, stake their future on a game of cricket and challenges the arrogant Britishers to a match. The inspiring tale of how the innocent villagers face the challenging task of learning the game of cricket and playing the wager to avoid the taxes. This was India’s official entry to the 2002 Oscars.
3. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
If that’s how India treats its athletes then we don’t deserve any Olympics gold.
A biographical film based on the true story of the national steeplechase champion Paan Singh Tomar, a soldier who wins a gold medal at National Games, and his tragic tale of becoming a bandit. This film goes to show how the injustice, immoral and corrupt society is responsible for creating outlaws. Irrfan Khan’s effortless performance makes this movie a must-watch. The story of unsung heroes of Indian sports Paan Singh Tomar and his journey from a national champion to a Baaghi will force you to think what went wrong.
4. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Hard work, will power, and dedication. If you have these three, then you can have anything you want.
Based on the story of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. The tale of how Milkha’s hard work and efforts earned him the title “The Flying Sikh”. Farhan Akhtar’s dedication and the physical training that he had to go through in order to prepare himself for the role of Milkha makes this film one of the best Indian sports films of all time.
5. Iqbal (2005)
Go after your dreams, no matter how unattainable others think it is.
A movie which shows that passion knows no limits, even the impossible becomes possible if you put your heart into it. A cricket-obsessed boy from a village who overcomes his physical limitations to realize his dream of playing for Indian Cricket team. Most of us once had this dream of playing Cricket for India, but then we grew up. Iqbal, a deaf and dumb farmer’s son doesn’t give up on his dream.
6. Mary Kom (2014)
A movie that depicts the courage, stability, truth and innocence of the boxing legend Mary Kom.
Story about the 5-time Women’s World Champion, the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games and Olympic Medal winning boxer MC Mary Kom. The movie depicts the journey of Mary Kom from taking up the boxing sport to winning the 2008 World Boxing Championships. One of the best boxing movies you’ll ever see.
7. Dangal (2016)
Medalist don’t grow on trees … you have to nurture them … with love, with hard work, with dedication.
Dangal is an Indian biographical sports drama film. The movie is based on the true story of Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. The film is the biggest hit of 2016, it smashed all the box office records, received positive critical acclaim all over the world. Dangal is by any standard the best film our film industry has made in the last decade and a half.