5 best sport movies in India
Bollywood or the Hindi film industry produces over three hundred films a year. Most of these are action or romantic films that star many big banner heroes and heroines. And while sport is the only other big thing in India, there are not many movies that have sports based themes. Out of the few that have been made, let us look at some of the best and most well made sport movies.
One of the first sports based films to come out of the Hindi film industry was the 1990, Dev Anand directed movie, Awwal Number. The film stared Aamir Khan and Aditya Pancholi in the lead roles, with Dev Anand himself essaying the role of DIG Vikram Singh. The movie had a stellar cast and was based on the game of cricket, where Aamir Khan and Aditya Pancholi played Indian cricketers.
The plot involves a lot of emotional upheavals, especially on the part of Pancholi, who is jealous of the new star in the team (Khan). The film did not do exceptionally well at the box office, in terms of collections, but will always be remembered for Aamir Khan’s performance in it.
Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander
Another stellar performance from Aamir Khan came in the year 1992, in the movie Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander. The movie was directed by Mansoor Khan and was a huge box office success.
The movie was not particularly based on a sport, but instead showed the perennial battle of good versus bad, that culminates in an annually held cycle race competition.
Chak De! India
If one is on the subject of movies based on sports, how can the Yash Raj Films’ Chak De! India not be mentioned. Starring the reigning king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, this film is acknowledged to be one of the best films of the year 2007. the film not only did well in terms of revenue collection, but also garnered much critical appreciation from the national as well as international media.
Many agree that “Kabir Khan” has been Shah Rukh Khan’s best performance till date. Chak De! India explores many issues like attitudes towards women, religious bigotry, the after effects of Partition, and the dominance of cricket over other sports in India, with a sensitivity that is particularly heart warming.
Iqbal, a movie that released in 2005, was the endearing and gritty story of an eighteen year old deaf and mute boy who dreams of playing cricket for his country. The film had Shreyas Talpade playing the protagonist, while Naseeruddin Shah played local drunkard Mohit, who, as Iqbal’s coach and helped the realisation of the boy’s dreams.
The movie was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, who is known for his sensitive films. The film became the highest grosser in the low budget category for the year 2005.
Another and more recent film that received much critical appreciation from film festivals all over the world was the 2010 release Lahore. The plot revolved around the relationship between India and Pakistan, with the sport of kickboxing as the background.
Director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan was awarded The Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film by a director for Lahore. The film stands out for its performances and background score.