Making a thoroughly engaging sports film isn’t an easy task. We need to enjoy the thrill of the game while also experiencing a wider truth beyond the sport itself, combined with the classic story of an underdog who makes it to victory. And, these 5 Bollywood films have nailed it:
Ashutosh Gowariker seems to have checked all the right boxes with Lagaan. It celebrated the song and dance culture of Bollywood, while also giving us an engaging sports drama and a true representation of the British Raj. This oscar-nominated film went on to win 8 National Awards.
Chak De! India (2007)
Starring Shahrukh Khan as an ostracized former captain of the men’s national field-hockey team, Chak De! India is a brilliantly told story of a determined underdog who becomes the coach of the national women’s hockey team. It went on to win multiple awards including one National Award and four Filmfare Awards.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
This sports biopic perfectly lays out the bumpy journey of one of India’s greatest athletes – Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh. Starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead role, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag can easily be considered one of the actor’s finest performances.
Aamir Khan does it again with Dangal! It is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat an established and retired wrestler who explores his passion through his talented daughters, transforming them into disciplined athletes. Director Nitesh Tiwari created truly authentic wrestling matches while taking us on a power-packed journey.
Diljit Dosanjh plays his first title role as international hockey player Sandeep Singh in Soorma. The real-life rollercoaster journey of a legendary athlete is told brilliantly by director Shaad Ali with authenticity, strong casting, and a story as incredible as it is admirable.