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Olympics Special: 8 Movies That Are Based on The Lives of Sportspersons

By Anubha Das

Updated - Aug. 5, 2021 5 min read

There's something about biopics, especially sports biopics, that draws people in. The need to learn more about the sportsperson you've been following is unrivalled, and Bollywood directors seem to understand it all too well. That's probably why they've been producing biopics on a regular basis.

 

Several films, including Ranveer Singh's '83 and Ajay Devgn's Maidaan, which are both sports biopics, have been postponed due to the lockdown. While we wait for these films to be released, we may pass the time by watching these Bollywood sports biopics on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar, which brilliantly represented the lives and achievements of Indian sportsmen.

 

 

1. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

 

Director

Neeraj Pandey

 

Star Cast 

Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher

 

IMDb Rating 

7.9/10

 

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Image Courtesy: Outlook Magazine

 

When people talk about MS Dhoni's net worth or his magnificent 7-acre farmhouse in Ranchi, Kailashpati, it's important to remember that the guy has worked hard for all he has. And this film follows him from his early days as a ticket collector to his current position as the Indian national cricket team's "Captain Cool." Sushant Singh Rajput plays Dhoni in the film, which is directed by Neeraj Pandey.

 

Watch it on Disney Plus Hotstar Here

 

 

2. Soorma

 

Director

Shaad Ali

 

Star Cast 

Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi

 

IMDb Rating 

7.4/10

 

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Soorma, starring Diljit Dosanjh, is based on the life of Sandeep Singh, an outstanding hockey player and former captain of the Indian Hockey Team. Sandeep Singh is a true warrior, since Soorma means warrior in English. Sandeep Singh's career and enthusiasm for the sport is absolutely extraordinary, from surviving a near-death incident that left him virtually crippled to defying all chances and making a spectacular return.

 

Watch it on Netflix Here

 

3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

 

Director

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

 

Star Cast 

Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pawan Malhotra

 

IMDb Rating 

8.2/10

 

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Image Courtesy: Variety

 

The film is based on the life of former sprinter Milkha Singh and is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film, starring Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, tells the storey of his journey, including the painful memories of the partition, which destroyed him and his family, his early life in the army, and how he surmounted all barriers to become The Flying Sikh. Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, and Pava Chawla also star in the film.

 

Watch it on Disney Plus Hotstar Here

 

 

4. Gold

 

Director

Reema Kagti

 

Star Cast 

Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor

 

IMDb Rating 

7.3/10

 

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Gold is based on India's first national hockey team and their quest to capturing the first gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics as a free country, directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. Tapan Das, the guy who was essential in bringing this win home, is played by Akshay Kumar. 

 

Watch it on Amazon Prime Here

 

 

5. Dangal

 

Director

Nitesh Tiwari

 

Star Cast 

Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh

 

IMDb Rating 

8.4/10

 

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Image Courtesy: Scroll.in

 

To teach his two daughters to become India's most ferocious wrestlers, a father goes against society's attitude of "what would others think or say." We're talking about India's wrestling sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, as well as Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters. This was, without a doubt, one of Aamir Khan's most difficult performances, which he performed flawlessly.

 

Watch it on Netflix Here

 

6. Mary Kom

 

Director

Omung Kumar

 

Star Cast 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sunil Thapa, Robin Das

 

IMDb Rating 

6.8/10

 

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Another amazing and hard-hitting film about a woman's strong will to follow her passion and overcome all hurdles to ultimately realise her dream, regardless of whether or not others believed in her. In the film directed by Omung Kumar, Priyanka Chopra plays fighter Mary Kom. The film follows the life of a lady who went on to become a role model for people all around the world.

 

Watch it on Netflix Here

 

7. Paan Singh Tomar

 

Director

Tigmanshu Dhulia

 

Star Cast 

Irfan Khan, Mahie Gill, Rajesh Abhay

 

IMDb Rating 

8.2/10

 

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Image Courtesy: The Quiant

 

A famous runner and seven-time national steeplechase champion, he becomes one of Chambal Valley's most dreaded dacoits, determined to revenge his mother's murder. The film depicts his powerlessness and fury, which led to his becoming a rebel. Irrfan Khan plays the title role in the film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It received the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2012.

 

8. Azhar

 

Director

Anthony D'Souza

 

Star Cast 

Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, Kunaal Roy Kapur

 

IMDb Rating 

6.9/10

 

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Image Courtesy: The Quiant

 

The film is based on the life of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and stars Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, Kunaal Roy Kapur, and Rajesh Sharma. The film was shot in some of the most famous cricket venues in the world, including Lord's, The Oval, and Edgbaston, to mention a few.Even though the film didn't do well at the box office, Emraan Hashmi's performance was greatly appreciated - especially for his body language and mannerisms.

 


Sports are usually a big element of movies, whether they're made in Hollywood or Bollywood. So, take a look at these movies which show the Olympics fever is on for us all! 


 

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