Bollywood and sports are the most popular means of entertainment in India. People worship both the fields and the people involved in it to an extent we can’t even imagine. So, when this combination is brought together in a film, it becomes the perfect mainstream masala entertainer, tailor-made for movie nights.
One such movie is Toofan, which was released recently. Farhan Akhtar in the role of Aziz Ali, the Toofani boxer definitely made a place in our hearts. A street thug’s journey to becoming the National Champion, the struggles he faces, finding love, fighting for his love, and throwing some light on Islamophobia, make this film a must-watch.
So, if you are still on a high from the film, here are a few other best sports drama films ever made, that you can re-watch right away and it will definitely make your movie night worth it!
1. Skater Girl
Skater Girl was recently released on Netflix and it instantly caught everyone’s eye. It is the story of a young girl from an Indian village who discovered her passion for skating when she saw a foreigner doing the same. She felt liberating and free when she skated and hence she went against her family’s will to do the same. She even runs away from her own marriage to fulfill her dream of skating at the tournament for one last time. Skater girl Film saw brilliant newcomers like Rachel Sanchita Gupta and Shafin Patel. The film also had a cameo by the veteran actor Waheeda Rehman.
2. Chak De! India
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Chak De India is a movie that focuses more on the story of the film than the star power. This film is definitely one of the best sports dramas ever made. Apart from the iconic ‘Sattar Minute’ dialogue, the film taught us many things like teamwork, unity, and the love for our Nation. Shah Rukh Khan played the role of the coach who trained the women’s hockey team. He didn’t just want the team to win the World Cup, but he was also in search of redemption. Every minute of this film will give you goosebumps (especially the final match). I am sure, everyone must have watched and rewatched this film over a thousand times over, but yea, who cares, every time we all have the exact same excitement to watch the film.
Does the life of a woman come to a standstill after being a mother? Do they have to give up on their dreams for their kids? Well, a mother is way more than just that. This is exactly what the film Panga shows us. A mother trying to build her own identity beyond motherhood. The concept is commendable and Kangana Ranaut did justice to the role as always. She is a queen in the right terms, give her any role and she will portray it in such a way that you will be convinced to believe that she was tailored for the same. The film also won people’s affection for a sport like Kabaddi, which usually gets sidelined by India’s love for Cricket.
4. M S Dhoni: The Untold Story
The untold story of India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni was presented on-screen with such perfection that, Dhoni fans just couldn’t stop admiring the film. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the main lead, the film narrates the journey of Dhoni from being a ticket collector to the most desirable captain of the Indian team. The film was a huge hit, and Sushant was lauded for copying Dhoni from head to toe, and the credit even goes to Neeraj Pandey, the director, for bringing reality to the screen.
Dangal is not just any sports drama film, but it is one of the most empowering films of all time. “Mhaari Chhoriyaan Chhorn Se Kam Hai Ke” dialogue had more impact on the audience than any other motivational lines said to empower women. Dangal is the real-life story of the Phogat sisters (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra) and their father Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), who showed what women are capable of if given the right chance. Nitesh Tiwari, the director of the film kept us on the edge of the seat, each time Geeta or Babita got into the ring. Don’t forget the fact that the first-ever Gold medal in women’s wrestling was won by Geeta Phogat ( A proud moment to watch her story onscreen).
6. Mary Kom
Do I actually need to introduce this film? This is the story of 6 times World Champion and an Olympic Bronze Medalist, Mary Kom. She fought issues like poverty and gender discrimination before making her name in the field of boxing. Global icon Priyanka Chopra played the role of the legendary boxer Mary Kom. The film showed the inspirational journey of the boxer, how she got back into boxing after delivering twins in the year 2007 and how she went on to win several awards. This film is one of the best sports biopics ever made.
A biopic on a Hockey player was something we rarely expected from Bollywood. But when they released Soorma, it just blew away everyone’s mind. The story of how Sandeep Singh, nicknamed Flicker Singh, was shot accidentally and then how he made his way back into hockey serves as a lesson in what hard work and determination can do. The movie shows the kind of warrior Sandeep Singh was. The character of Sandeep was played by none other than Diljit Dosanjh, who proved his talent in acting with this single character. The film will take you on a journey with mixed emotions.
8. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
A biopic based on India’s Flying Sikh Milkha Singh featuring Farhan Akhtar can be termed as the best Bollywood biopic ever made. Be it Farhan Akhtar’s acting or his transformation, he just kept us all gripped to the story throughout. The film showed the partition of India, how he lost his parents, the struggle he went through, his failures, and then how he trained harder to become the Flying Sikh. This movie is a source of inspiration and if there is any day that you feel low and need a little push to make yourself motivated, then do not forget to play the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Akshay Kumar’s Gold is a historical sports drama that tells the story of India’s first Hockey gold medal win at the Olympics as an independent nation. With a gripping storyline, the film won critical acclaim for the performances of the supporting cast. The film is definitely a must-watch.
Before Farhan Akhtar won our hearts with the film Toofan, Vineet Kumar Singh nailed it in the role of a boxer in the film Mukkebaaz. In this Zoya Hussain’s movie debut, there is a beautiful love story, a story of passion and grit, and a great performance by the actors. Many few have seen this film, and one must definitely watch it for the storyline and the performance by the actor VIneed Kumar Singh.
So these were the few sports films that we recommend for your highly enthusiastic movie nights. If we have missed out on any other such best sports films, do let us know on our social media handles or in the comment section below.