Bollywood offers movies in almost all genres and themes. In this regard, Indian cinema has offered some excellent sports movies. From a forgotten sports hero fighting against all odds to an upcoming star, Bollywood has to offer all sorts of amazingly made sports movies.
Marvelous music, a sub-plot of a hero’s love interest, and some other colorful emotions work as the perfect recipe for a masala sports flick.
The top ten memorable Bollywood sports movies include:
1. Chak De India (2007)
It was an emotional story of the Indian Women’s hockey team winning the world cup despite all odds. This movie melted even the coldest hearts. Shahrukh Khan played the role of former player, redeeming himself as the coach of the hockey team. Shahrukh Khan’s brilliant Sattar Minute speech was particularly a highlight of the movie.
2. Lagaan (2001)
Lagan was a fictional story that was set during the period of British rule in India. Amir Khan starrer showed how the people of a remote village fought against the arrogant English men at their own game of cricket. With a budget of 250 million rupees, it was the only third Indian movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
3. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
This is a true story where an Indian soldier who won a gold medal at national games became a dacoit later due to various reasons. Irfan Khan played the role of Paan Singh Tomar is inimitable. This movie won the National Award for the best feature film. Irrfan Khan also walked away with the best actor.
4. Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013)
It is the inspiring true story of India’s Flying Sikh named Milkha Singh who won an Olympic medal. Farhan Akhtar with his brilliant acting did full justice in the lead role as the athlete. Coupled with an exceptionally beautiful background score, this movie is a motivation for everyone.
5. Chamatkar (1992)
It’s a classic movie of Urmila and Sharukh Khan and very popular among kids. Cricket is not the main plot of the movie as a game but the entire movie revolves around a cricket match. The movie failed to do good business but got much popularity. It still offers a feel-good factor.
6. Kai Po Che (2013)
This movie revolves around cricket and friendship. These two elements are the best ingredients for any Bollywood flick. It has a plot of finding the next Sachin Tendulkar, also known as the God for Indians. The movie also did good business at the box office.
7. Iqbal (2005)
This movie represents all the Indian children who dream to play for the Indian national side. The story revolves around a deaf and dumb farmer’s son who somehow makes it to the Indian cricket team. Starring the likes of Shreyas Talpade and Naseeruddin Shah, this movie won critical acclaim.
8. Jo jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)
This has to be one of the most loved movies of the 90s despite its age-old formula. Poor guy and rich brat fighting for the same girl, the movie includes the marathon cycle race. With Aamir Khan in the lead role, this movie was the sole inspiration for remakes in Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali.
9. Boxer (1984)
This movie stars the great Mithun Chakraborty who has played a role of boxer. The character overcomes his modest upbringing to become the champion.
10. Awwal Number (1990)
It was a different sports movie where a terrorist plans to bomb a cricket stadium. The cricket stadium was to host India versus Australia match. Aamir Khan played a match-winning innings in the movie.