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Five Hindi Films On Cricket That Are Worth A Watch

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Taapsee Pannu starrer Shabaash Mithu’s teaser was launched recently. The upcoming Hindi film is a biographical sports drama based on the life of the current test and ODI captain of India Women’s National Cricket Team Mithali Raj. The film directed by Srijit Mukherji. Earlier this year, film 83 starring Ranveer Singh, Hardy Sandhu, Deepika Padukone and others was released. The film is based on the 1983 World Cup which team India won under the leadership of Kapil Dev.

Apart from these, the Hindi cinema industry has always produced films that are based on cricket. Be it fictitious films like Jersey, Dil Bole Hadipaa, Lagaan or biographical films like Azhar, the sports films have made their way to the silver screen and won our hearts.

Here are five Hindi Films on Cricket that are worth a watch.

Iqbal

Shreyas Talpade, Naseeruddin Shah starrer film was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The 2005 release revolved around a deaf and mute boy Iqbal (Talpade) who dreams of playing cricket but is often discouraged by his father. He persuades Mohit (Shah) to coach him after Iqbal is thrown out of an academy, for Mohit was once a great cricket player.

Still from Iqbal

Still from Iqbal (IMDb)

Ferrari Ki Sawaari

Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a comedy sports drama starring Sharman Joshi who plays the character of Rusy and his little boy Kayo (Ritvik Sahore). Rusy is a middle-class employee who wants to support Kayo in every possible manner to fulfil his dream to play cricket at Lords Cricket ground. In all the fiasco, Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari plays a very important part in his quest to fulfil his son’s dream.


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MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is a biographical film on Indian cricket player MS Dhoni. Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film stars Late Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani and Disha Patani. The film follows chronicles of Dhoni’s life from a young age through a series of events. The film had received the widest release for a Hindi cinema across 61 countries. It was a critical and commercial success.

Still from MS Dhoni

Still from MS Dhoni (IMDb)

Patiala House

The film starring Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and others is a film based on an Indian family settled in London. Parghat aka Gattu (Akshay) wants to play but stops on his father’s (Kapoor) insistence. The issue begins again when Gattu starts playing for England in guise after being persuaded by his family which creates a rift between him and his father. The drama film got mixed responses upon its release in 2011.


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Kai Po Che

Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s debut film Kai Po Che was based on Chetan Bhagat’s Three Mistakes of My Life. Based in Ahmedabad, the film focuses on the lives of Ishaan Bhatt (Rajput), Govind Patel (Rajkumar Rao) and Omkar Shastri (Amit Sadh) who start their own sports shop and sports academy. The film traces their friendship, innocence tainted by religious politics and communal hatred. The film was critically appreciated when it was released in 2013.

Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che (IMDb)

So far films around cricket have been led by male stars. Only time will tell whether a biopic on a female cricketer’s life will be able to have the same influence on the box office and the audiences.