Films that prove you can never take cricket out of Bollywood

Cricket fever in our country spreads like an epidemic. Cricketers are worshipped with many receiving a larger than life reception wherever they go. It’s not only big brands who vouch for the cricketers but Bollywood too banks heavily on the sport. A film around cricket with an added spice of drama is guaranteed to mint money. Let’s take a look at a few films which have centered around cricket: 

1. M.S. Dhoni

The name says it all. He is popularly known as Thala, a name given to him by his fans at CSK, which means ‘leader’ in Tamil. This biopic on MS Dhoni traces the life of the cricketer from his humble beginnings in Ranchi to captaining India to win the 2011 World Cup. This film introduces us to the struggles Dhoni endured in his journey to become the cricketer he is today. After watching the film, you will be convinced that he indeed is a Thala

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2. Iqbal

Iqbal is a heartwarming story of a deaf and mute boy fighting the odds brought about by his disability to play big-league cricket for India. Hailing from a remote village, Iqbal faces resistance from his father who wants him to pursue farming. But Iqbal’s grit is what dreams are made of and what the determination of youth signifies. Iqbal’s mother, sister and his coach are his pillars of strength during his journey. The struggles pay off as Iqbal makes it to the Indian cricket team

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3. Lagaan

A path-breaking film, Lagaan changed the face of the Hindi film industry. The film starts with a voiceover by  Amitabh Bachchan and there is no looking back after that. The plot revolves around the villagers of Champaran who accept the challenge to play a cricket match against the Britishers to get their taxes pardoned. This film sets the tone for an epic underdog vs favourite story. Lagaan not only won fans in India but all around the world. It was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 74th Academy Awards

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4. Beyond All Boundaries

Sudhir Kumar, the mascot of the Indian cricket team painted from head to toe in the tri-colour and sporting Tendulkar’s name; Prithvi Shaw, a child prodigy who has the weight of taking Indian cricket forward on his shoulders; and Akshaya Surwe, a talented cricketer living in the Mumbai slums who dreams of playing in the national women’s team. They are all united by one thread, their undying love for cricket. This documentary shot parallel to the 2011 cricket world cup, traces the lives of the cricket enthusiasts. This documentary cements the passion we as a nation have for cricket 

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5. Patiala House

A film around cricket, featuring an Indian wanting to play for the English team. That surely takes care of the drama quotient of the film. Akshay Kumar is a promising cricketer who aspires to play in the English team only to be defied by his father, Rishi Kapoor. Patiala House addresses various issues plaguing the Indian diaspora based in the UK. Cricket proves to be the catalyst, which helps in knitting the communities together

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