Two things that Indians are crazy about include Bollywood and sports. With such consistent attention of the nation on these two aspects, it is only logical that two came together with Bollywood creating some of the finest Indian sports movies. From Hockey to Cricket, there is no sport that Bollywood hasn’t brought to the silver screen.
If you are an athlete or someone that is crazy about sports, these motivational sports movies are sure to have you gearing up. Here, we bring you a must-watch list of Bollywood sports films that take you deeper into the world of your favourite sport or athlete.
1. Mary Kom
A woman determined to make her way to the boxing ring, Mary Kom is an inspirational movie about a boxer’s journey. Portrayed phenomenally by actress Priyanka Chopra, this biopic takes us on a journey through the boxer’s early life. Be it fighting poverty or being ridiculed for wanting to be a female boxer, Mary Kom did not have it easy. However sheer determination and drive saw Mary Kom emerge as a 6-time World Champion and an Olympic Bronze medallist as well as an inspiration for girls in sports all across the world.
Hockey may be India’s national sport, but it has often been overshadowed by the popular favourite – Cricket. However, = Gold movie is one of the best sports movies in Bollywood that also brought the nation’s focus to the sport of Hockey and its iconic players. The movie is based on the Indian Hockey team’s first Gold medal post-independence. While the country had been victorious at the Olympics and won three consecutive Olympic Gold medals, 1928, 1932 and 1936, this was the first victory for the team representing an independent country. With phenomenal performances by all actors including the veteran Akshay Kumar, Gold movie is sure to give rise to your patriotic spirit and bring out the athlete in you.
3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
This biopic based on India’s one and only Milkha Singh is one of the best sports movies in Bollywood. From navigating through the heartbreak and trauma of the partition to emerging as the nation’s finest athlete, this movie is sure to motivate you to accomplish whatever it is you want in life. The film stars Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, who underwent intense training to do justice to this role. What makes this movie special is not just its brilliant portrayal of the sport but also the vulnerability followed by loss and the importance of not losing hope.
Fame, fortune and a happily-ever-after story is often the storyline that is followed by most Indian sports movies featuring an athlete. However, Sultan is a different sports movie that takes audiences on a former champion’s path to redemption. The movie already establishes Salman Khan as an Olympic Gold medallist with a love interest, Anushka Sharma. Balancing work and love is a struggle for many and for someone in the limelight, this can often get difficult. Faced with challenges after his wife leaves him owing to the death of their new-born son, this movie is a tale of redemption and surviving pain to emerge as a true fighter.
Can a boy from a village who is unable to hear or speak be a part of the Indian cricket team? If this notion seems absurd to you, meet Iqbal who made it possible. A movie worthy of being on any list of Bollywood sports films, this story revolves around the dream of a young boy who loves Cricket. Even though he is unable to hear or speak, his only ambition is to play Cricket for his country. What follows is hardship, ridicule from his father and villagers and shocking politics that question the authenticity of selection based on talent. However, with the help of his sister and one coach that believes in him, Iqbal sets out to conquer the Cricket stadium in one of the best sports movies ever made.
6. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
An oldie but a goodie, this movie always has you at the edge of your seat at the final race, regardless of how many times you may have seen the movie. While this movie is not a biopic or based on any team that created history, it is heralded as one of India’s best sports movie on cycling. Revolving around an inter-college racing tournament, the movie has a lot more to it. From tackling family dynamics to showcasing the lengths someone will go to for a win, this movie is one roller-coaster ride of emotions. However, what it brings forth clearly is that no game is truly lost till the end and with hard work and determination, a Sikandar (champion) can even win a losing battle.