Saala Khadoos releases this week and with it, we have another film that celebrates Boxing – an ancient combat sport. Frescos from 1500 BC have been found, which prove that the sport has always been popular. Notable boxers like Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Mike Tyson, among others, have a strong fan following. In popular culture, Hollywood has used Boxing as script matter plenty of times. With films like The Rocky Series, Million Dollar Baby, and Cinderella Man gaining popularity, it pretty much proves that we love boxing.
Although Bollywood doesn’t boast of many boxing films, Saala Khadoos isn’t the first film on the subject. Here are some of the best boxing films from Bollywood. You must give these a shot.
The 1984 film starred Mithun Chakraborty, Rati Agnihotri, Danny Denzongpa and Tanuja. Directed by Raj N. Sippy, this action-packed film is full of typical Bollywood masala of the eighties.
It may not have been a hit at the box-office, but the boxing fans took notice of this. Aryan: Unbreakable released in 2006 and was directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Aryan is played by Sohail Khan and follows the life of the boxer.
A Deol family affair, Apne starred the evergreen Dharmendra with sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. The film was a Dharmendra show through and through.
Priyanka Chopra got rave reviews for playing the boxer Mary Kom. The film won the best popular film award at the 62nd National Film Awards.
The action-drama film from 2015 was the official remake of Hollywood’s Warrior. Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra played the brothers, and Kumar was praised for his performance.
Saala Khadoos‘ story line is very different from most of these boxing films. As the film title suggests, it’s not your regular, run-of-the-mill sweet, inspiring coach, and if you have watched the trailer, you’d know the female lead is not a stereotype either, and that’s what makes it so interesting. The movie is all set to release this week. Don’t even think about missing this one. You can book your tickets for this R. Madhavan film here: Saala Khadoos Tickets