Bollywood blockbusters touch numerous types of subjects and genres. But sports movies are an alternate level of epic. The story of an emerging star or a overlooked legend or hero fighting against all odds to defeat the bad guy and lift the cup sounds tailor-made for Bollywood.Here is the list of 10 Bollywood sports movies that we should all watch at least once:
1. Chak De India (2007)
Chak De India is a story of the Indian Women’s hockey team winning the World Cup against all odds would melt even the toughest heart. There is also the angle of a beleaguered former player, brilliantly portrayed by SRK, redeeming himself as the team’s coach along with the added joy of beating former champion Australia in the final. SRK’s awesome speech is particularly unforgettable.
2. Lagaan (2001)
Story of Lagaan set during the period of British rule in India, this Aamir Khan starer is about how the people of a small village in India beats arrogant Englishmen at their own game i.e, Cricket. Made on a unprecedented budget of 300 Million Rupees, Lagaan was the third Indian movie to get nominated for Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.
3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the inspiring true story of India’s “Flying Sikh”, Milkha Singh, who came within a whisker of winning an Olympic medal. Farhan Akhtar does full justice in the lead role as the legendary athlete. Coupled with an inspiring background score, this movie will motivate you to get off your couch and work on your fitness.
4. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Another true story, this time about a solider in the Indian army who won a gold medal at the National Games but was forced by circumstances to turn into a dacoit. Irrfan Khan is inimitable as Paan Singh Tomar. The movie won the National Award for Best Feature Film and Irrfan Khan walked away with Best Actor.
5. Mary Kom (2014)
This Priyanka Chopra starrer is set for a September 5th, 2014 release. It is about 5-time Women’s World Champion and Olympic Medal winning boxer, MC Mary Kom. We’re excited just from watching the trailer. Can’t wait for this one.
6. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)
Another age old formula: a rich brat and a poor guy fighting for the same girl. It all boils down to the most prestigious event in their college; the marathon cycle race. With Aamir Khan in the lead role, this movie inspired remakes in Bengali, Telugu and Tamil.
7. Kai Po Che (2013)
It’s almost like Chetan Bhagat’s books are written with Bollywood in mind and “The 3 Mistakes Of My Life” was no different. The movie has friendship and cricket; two of the best ingredients for a Bollywood flick, along with a plot about the search for the next Sachin Tendulkar. The movie did pretty well at the box office too.
8. Iqbal (2005)
Every Indian child dreams of playing cricket for India and that is what this movie is all about. It’s the story of a deaf and dumb farmer’s son who succeeds in making it to the Indian team under the guidance of an alcoholic ex-player. Starring the likes of Naseeruddin Shah and Shreyas Talpade, the movie won critical acclaim.
9. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007)
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal is a 2007 Bollywood sport film. It was released on 29 November 2007, 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. It is a must watch inspiring movie.
10. Boxer (1984)
Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky series, this movie stars Mithun Chakraborty.The character overcomes his modest upbringing to become a boxer and goes on to beat the reigning champion in the end. The legendary R.D. Burman provided the music for this movie and it was a smash hit.