Bollywood has generated lots of sports based movies and most of them were hits that we never forget. These movies provide us with inspiration that all dreams can be fulfilled with hard work and also motivates us. Let’s check out this list of some sports-based Bollywood movies.
Sports based Bollywood movies
1. Chak De! India (2007)
The story of a national hockey player who was accused of betraying the country. He determined to prove his loyalty by coaching the women’s hockey team. This results in them ultimately winning the championship. The hockey player was ostracized and he and his mother were driven out of their homes by angry neighbours. Determined to prove that he was not a cheater, he coaches the women’s team. This movie starring Shah Rukh Khan will inspire us all the way. It was directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra and explores topics of feminism and sexism. It was a major hit of the year and won numerous awards for its makers. It won the National Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The movie is said to be inspired by the win of the women’s hockey team in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The protagonist Kabir Khan played by Shah Rukh Khan was the captain of the Indian hockey team but was accused of cheating after an ill-fated game with Pakistan in which they lost. He was labelled a traitor. To win back his honour, he returns 7 years later to coach the women’s hockey team and finally turns the players into champions. The movie was a real sensation at the time of the release and its music is also still popular.
2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
The tale of India’s champion runner Milkha Singh, this movie starring Farhan Akhtar narrates the struggles faced by the runner and his hard work. The movie also features Pavan Malhotra and Art Malik in the supporting roles. The hard work of Milkha Singh results in him becoming the world champion. This movie has the power to motivate us all to work harder to achieve our dreams. Milkha was scarred from the partition of India and Pakistan and the chaos which ensued which resulted in his parents’ death. He joined as a soldier in the army and he was recognized for his running skills by a havaldar. He competes in the selection of Indian team for Olympics and wins the race breaking the national record. Later, he gets attracted to the granddaughter of his coach and has a one night stand with her. But he loses the race next day and realizes his irresponsibility lead to the loss. He trains harder and wins many races and ultimately breaks the record for 400m race. Later he competes against Abdul Khaliq who was known as the fastest man of Asia at the time and wins the race and is given the title ‘Flying Sikh’. Thus is his journey to become one of the most iconic athletes in the country. The movie was directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and written by Prasoon Joshi.
3. Lagaan (2001)
This historical fiction raises our heartbeat and we find ourselves cheering unknowingly. Starring Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, the protagonist, this movie taking place in the colonial era, tells the tale of a cricket match between some villagers and the British officers. The bet was such that, if won, it can guarantee the freedom of the village and remove their taxes for three years but losing the game will make their lives even more miserable by increasing their taxes three times over. The villagers play against the well-practised British officers and emerge as the victors. The British keep their end of the promise and leave the village to its freedom. It is one of the best sports-based Bollywood movies in the history. The film was directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and was produced by Aamir Khan and Mansoor Khan. Gracy Singh is also featured in the movie as Gauri, who is the female protagonist. It was one of the blockbuster movies of 2001 and won many international awards too. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. It was also ranked 55 in the Empire magazine’s list of ‘The Best 100 Films Of World Cinema’ and was even listed by the Times magazine’s special ‘The All-Time 25 Best Sports Movies’. It is truly one of the best movies in Bollywood.
4. Mary Kom (2014)
Another biographical movie, this is the tale of Mary Kom, who dreams to be a boxer and pursues it with hard work, despite her father’s disapproval. She has an encounter with a famous coach in the boxing gym. She tells him of her dreams and passion towards boxing and convinces him to coach her. The movie starts with Mary Kom in labour and the subsequent story is narrated as a flashback. It narrates how she was not recognized, the partiality and favouritism she had to fight against, her struggles as a mother and the love and support for her passion by her husband and family, everything is painted beautifully in the movie. Featuring Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom, this is also an inspiring movie that encourages us to follow our passions. The film features this amazing boxer’s journey to become the champion at World Boxing championship held at Ningbo in 2008. The movie was produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in association with the Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. It was directed by Omung Kumar and also starred Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa in supporting roles as Mary Kom’s husband and mentor respectively. The movie was much praised and won many awards and nominations for its makers. It won the National Film Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and was nominated for the Filmfare awards for the Best Film and Best Actress for Priyanka Chopra. It was also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 at the opening night. It also won Chopra the Screen Award and Producers Guild Film Award For Best Actress in a Leading Role.
5. Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (2007)
The story of a young orphan boy who is a natural in cricket, this movie sees Rahul Bose and Zain Khan in the lead roles of Varun Roy and Karan respectively. The young protagonist Karan lives in a dilapidated orphanage with an awful warden who treats the children poorly. He dreams of being a cricketer one day and also wished he had parents to take care of him and love him. He is discovered by the Indian cricket team coach and is taken into the Indian team where he shines. The boy believes that he is so good at the game because of his bat which he considers as his lucky bat because he believes that Kapil Dev, a cricketer he revered and considered his role model, used that bat to win the 1983 World Cup. He also develops a bond greater than anything with the team’s captain Varun Roy and the cricketer finally adopts the boy. This story is about this young boy who goes from having nothing, to having everything, most of all self-belief. The movie was directed by Karanjeet Saluja and its title was adopted from the famous dialogue of the 1982 movie ‘Satte Pe Satta’ spoken by Amitabh Bachchan. It is also inspired from the Hollywood movie ‘Like Mike’. Famous cricketer Kapil Dev also makes a cameo appearance in the movie.