spyn’s Top 9 Bollywood Sports Movies
After five hours of debate, here is our conclusion on the best intersections between Bollywood and sports to date.
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“Fighter ki want uski jeet ka formula hoti hai”
Cast – Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff, Kareena Kapoor
Director – Karan Malhotra
Adapted from the 2011 Tom Hardy action hit Warriors, this Mixed Martial Arts film is based on a tale of two brothers who participate in a tournament for different reasons and find themselves at opposite sides of the ring.
The only voice he could hear was his own.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Shreyas Talpade
Directed by: Nagesh Kukunoor
The movie talks about a deaf and mute cricket obsessed boy who desires to play for the Indian National Team and seeks tutelage of an alcoholic ex – player.
Cast – Abhishek Kapoor
Director – Amit Sadh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao
The story revolves around three friends, who want to start a cricket academy to produce country’s new cricket stars.
Cast – Irrfan Khan, Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, Mahie Gill
Director – Tigmanshu Dhulia
This is a story about a soldier who won Gold Medal at National Games and was forced by circumstances to turn into a dacoit.
“A fighter never accepts defeat”
“A fighter never accepts defeat”
Cast: Robin Das, Rajni Basumatary, Priyanka Chopra , Darshan Kumar
Directed by: Omung Kumar
A biopic on an Indian Boxer Mary Kom, who is a daughter of a poor farmer based in Manipur. The movie talks about Mary Kom’s journey filled with difficulties towards accomplishing her dreams.
“Vaar karna hai toh samne waale ke goal par nahi, uske ke dimag par karo. Goal khud-ba-khud ho jayega.”
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan.
Directed by: Shimit Amin
Chak De! India is a Hindi-language Indian sports drama film about field hockey in India. Shah Rukh Khan as Kabir Khan, the former captain of the Indian hockey team. It has the angle of a beleaguered former player, redeeming himself as the team’s coach along with beating Australia in finals with his women’s team.
“Aakhri chand second hi toh haar aur jeet ka faisla karte hai”
Cast – Amir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi
Director – Mansoor Khan
A rich brat and a poor guy fighting for the same girl. The rivalry culminates in the most prestigious event in their college; the marathon cycle race.
“Sach aur saahas hai jiske mann mein, ant mein jeet usi ki rahe”
Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne
Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker
The film was shot in a village near Bhuj and set in the Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj and talks about the peasants from a drought affected barren land who are oppressed by high taxes imposed on their lands. It displays how the people of a small village in India beat some arrogant Englishmen at their own game; Cricket. They attempt to persuade the British officers to reduce the taxes because of poor agricultural production.
“You didn’t run; you flew”
Cast: stars Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra, Meesha Shafi and Yograj Singh
Director: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on the inspiring life of “The Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. Farhan Akhtar did justice to the lead role as the legendary athlete.
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