Hindi films on sports beautifully portray the life, struggles and challenges of being a sportsperson. Your performance on the ground is your way to make your nation proud and some of these proud Indians found their way in movies as a tribute to their game.
India as a country loves sports and we share our emotions with players. Whether it is an intense hockey match, an India vs Pakistan one day or a loud and muddy kabbadi match, our emotions, happiness, sorrow, rage, all of these create a connection between us and the player. India’s legacy has seen many great players who have made their country proud globally and a great tribute to their legacy is through a biopic or a film.
While the films made on male sportspersons is still more than the ones made on female sportspersons, the cinema has started to evolve with more and more films made on women sports stars. We bring you 10 such Hindi films on sports.
10 Hindi Films On Sports
This 2014 movie, starring Priyanka Chopra in lead role, is based on the life of Indian boxing champion Mary Kom. The movie captures her early life, training and married life where we see her struggle to choose between her children and sports but fighting and handling both with grace and moving on to become world champion.
Chak De! India
This 2007 movie is one of the most loved and popular Hindi films on sports. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan as a national team hockey captain who, after being ostracised and humiliated, decided to revive his respect by training the national women’s hockey team. A group of 16 talented women, the team works diligently with the coach, hating, respecting and understanding him through the journey and making their nation proud.
Taapsee Pannu starrer 2021 film is based on gender testing and how women in sports are discriminated on this basis. The story follows the life of Rashmi Vira, an ambitious sprinter from Kutch village, Gujrat who becomes an Asian champion but her journey takes a humiliating turn when she is diagnosed with high testosterone in blood and asked to take a gender test.
Based on the real life of wrestlers Mahaveer Singh Phogat and his wrestler daughters Geeta and Babita, this 2016 movie stars Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles. The movie is about a wrestler who trains his daughters, against the odds of society, to become a champion and win a gold medal for the country.
Kangana Ranaut starrer Panga released in 2020 and is based on the life of a former kabbadi player. Once a champion, she left sports when she got married and had a child but now her family wants to revive her sports that she loved so much. While the society judges her, she gets support from her husband and son to follow her dreams once again.
Saina is based on the life of Indian badminton champion Saina Nehwal and was released in 2021 with Parineeti Chopra playing the role of Saina. The movie follows her life story from a little girl from Hisar to becoming World’s number 1 badminton player in 2015, going through training, challenges, tests and trials along the way.
Saand Ki Aankh
Released in 2019, the Hindi films on sports is a biography of ‘Shooter Dadi’ Prakashi and Chandro Tomar, Indian sharpshooters in their 60’s. Chandro and Prakashi Tomar hail from a patriarchal society that limits the exposure of women but when the two of them learn about their shooting talent, they decide to sidetrack age and train to become professionals and inspire women to follow their dreams.
Starring R Madhavan and Ritika Singh as a coach-student duo, this 2016 film is based on the life of two boxers. One is a scary, grumpy and strict boxing coach who wants to earn respect and recognition and the other one is an amateur who hates him and is not interested in training at first but soon realises her coach’s efforts and decided to make him proud.
Released in 2021, this Hindi film is about the life of a girl from a small village in Rajasthan who meets a London return woman and is introduced to skating. The girl dreams of becoming a professional skater but there are a lot of challenges she has to face as she comes from a backward, patriarchal society.
This 2016 movie starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma follows the love story of two national level wrestlers, Sultan and Aarfa who love and fight together. But soon Aarfa backs away from sports when she gets pregnant and Sultan, now a world champion, become arrogant leading to mishaps and casualties. Their love story sees separation, repent, resent and reconciliation while learning new life lessons.
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