There are two things inevitable in every Malayalee household – movies and sports. The adrenaline rush that a good movie or an exciting game of cricket or football gives is just unexplainable. This craze has given us some extraordinary sports movies as well; they may not be technically perfect, but the spirit of it and the underlying side story always win hearts. If the lack of sports has left a gaping hole in your lives, here are a few beautifully made Malayalam sports movies that displayed the real spirit of sports.

1983

This coming-of-age film narrates the story of Rameshan (Nivin Pauly) who aspires to be a cricketer but fails to become one as destiny has other plans. However, he does not give up and trains his son Kannan to fulfil his dreams. The film that traverses from 1983 – the year when India won the first Cricket World Cup – to present times, has many light-hearted and touching moments. The film was widely appreciated and Nivin’s character won many accolades. If you are a cricket lover and aspired to be a cricketer someday, you would definitely be able to relate to this film.

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Captain

Captain, featuring Jayasurya as V P Sathyan the former Indian Football Team Captain, is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Sathyan, who was an impeccable football player, falls into depression as a medical condition stopped him from playing football further. This subsequently made him take his own life, leaving football lovers devastated. Jayasurya convincingly played the role of Sathyan with passion and aggression, and Anu Sithara stole our hearts with exceptional performance. This film also recreates some extremely tight football games, making it worth a watch.

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Sudani from Nigeria

Passion for football and humanity are the two major factors discussed in Sudani from Nigeria. This light-hearted film revolves around Majeed (Soubin Shahir) a lad from Malappuram who manages a local football club. When he recruits three Nigerians to his team, one of them, ‘Sudu’, meets with an accident and is advised to rest for a month. The events that transpire after is the crux of the film. Besides some cheerful moments, the film also gives us an insight into the lives and struggles of destitute in Africa. The film, in all honesty, is a beautiful work of art and is a must-watch.

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Godha

The film focuses on a small village in Kerala where wrestling was once the greatest passion and a young female wrestler who, due to various circumstances, reaches this village – what’s in the store is an absolutely stunning film with great visuals and an enjoyable storyline. Godha starring Wamiqa Gabbi, Tovino Thomas and Renji Panicker is a hilarious yet thought-provoking film. Gusti/Wrestling is the hero of the film, and it is amazing to see Wamiqa playing it with absolute perfection. The film is not a Dangal or a Sultan but it does win your heart and is a great watch.

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You can also check our other film recommendations. Keep streaming, stay inside, and stay safe!