Hindi cinema’s love for sports activities’ biopics is comparatively new. It was maybe the success of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De India that made the filmmakers conscious that viewers will embrace the style. Within the quick time period that Hindi cinema has been churning out sports activities movies primarily based on actual life, we now have not seen many that may handle to create the nail-biting suspense and but cowl all facet of its topic’s life. Most of the time, these are hagiographies that are likely to gloss over the scandals, controversies and tough patches of a sportsperson’s profession, serving us solely a sanitised model of the individual’s life. Nevertheless, there have been just a few which have created benchmarks for the biopic style in Hindi cinema.
Listed below are the sports activities biopics from the final decade ranked from the not-so-good to one of the best:
9. Azhar (2016)
Ever for the reason that trailer of Azhar dropped, it was arduous for the viewer to get satisfied of the plot of this movie, which principally negated the match-fixing scandal. Within the movie too, we’re advised that Azhar accepted the bribe so he may maintain the bookie away from the remainder of the crew. That one plot level single-handedly pulled down an already mediocre movie. We all know that biopics in Bollywood are laced with fictional parts however not less than give us one thing that appears just a bit plausible. The incidents that impressed this movie occurred simply a few many years in the past so it was arduous for the viewers to just accept this outlandish story. The movie’s promotions noticed Emraan Hashmi and Mohammad Azharuddin selling the movie collectively so it was no shock when the movie was principally a automobile for hero-worship.
8. Saand Ki Aankh (2019)
Saand Ki Aankh was the story of two feminine sharpshooters from Haryana, Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. The movie’s trailer drew an enormous controversy as many believed that age-appropriate casting, as an alternative of the much-younger Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, would have labored higher for the movie. Upon watching the movie, many have been nonetheless of the opinion that the prosthetic make-up was not up to speed and induced hindrance in making this world plausible. Elements of the movie the place Bhumi and Taapsee’s character take part in competitions have been effectively executed.
7. Soorma (2018)
The story of hockey participant Sandeep Singh has the flexibility to depart anybody open-mouthed. So with Soorma, the makers certainly had a narrative that was made for the silver display screen. Diljit Dosanjh’s performing was fairly spectacular and he was ably supported by Angad Bedi. The movie began off sturdy and had us rooting for the protagonist for essentially the most half. However the curse of the second half hit Soorma because it slipped into melodrama. That is the place it began to disintegrate and lose the viewers’s consideration however other than that, Soorma was one of many higher biopics that we now have seen in the previous few years.
6. MS Dhoni The Untold Story (2016)
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, this biopic is what one would name an prolonged commercial for cricketer MS Dhoni’s life. It’s unusual to have a biopic made on an individual who continues to be actively taking part in cricket however it’s stranger to fully omit all of the controversies of his life from his biography altogether. The movie was excessively prolonged and didn’t actually provide us something we didn’t already know concerning the celebrated cricketer. Its large win was the efficiency of Sushant Singh Rajput who made for a plausible Dhoni and impressed the viewers along with his stellar act. It was SSR’s act that made the movie memorable, right down to acing that helicopter shot.
5. Mary Kom (2014)
This biopic on boxer Mary Kom landed in scorching water quickly after visuals of PC taking part in the lead function have been launched. Many believed that an actor of Manipuri descent ought to have been forged within the function and never somebody who didn’t appear like the protagonist in any respect. Regardless of the controversy, the movie managed to get many viewers in its nook because the story was not recognized by the lots. Priyanka gave a heartfelt efficiency right here and was ably supported by Darshan Kumar. The movie got here alive within the parts that had the protagonist efficiently elevating her kids while additionally attempting to handle her profession.
4. Budhia Singh Born to Run (2016)
Budhia Singh’s story left us amazed and made us consider that reality is definitely stranger than fiction. This Manoj Bajpayee led movie had him taking part in Budhia’s coach Biranchi and Mayur Patole taking part in the marathon runner. The movie had its coronary heart in the precise place, although it was fairly inconsistent in lots of locations. A number of topics just like the dope check, exploitation of a kid, are launched however are by no means handled. Regardless of its many ups and downs, the movie gained the Nationwide Movie Award for Finest Youngsters’s Movie.
3. Dangal (2016)
Probably the most fashionable sports activities biopics of all time, Dangal adopted the story of Phogat sisters and the way they clinched victory after a troublesome battle. Starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles, Dangal did an ideal job at explaining the game of wrestling to its viewers and offered an interesting narrative of the father-daughters story but it surely was the final act of the movie that failed to carry up. The introduction of a last-minute villain in Girish Kulkarni felt like an afterthought. By that point within the story, the emotional battle of the movie had already been resolved and the movie was looking for a determine it may demonise to additional amplify the unity between the Phogats. The cinematic liberties taken right here additionally diminished the impact of Geeta’s win as not like the movie, her victory was by a a lot greater margin.
2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
It’s famously recognized that Milkha Singh gave away the rights of his story to the makers for less than Re 1. Starring Farhan Akhtar within the lead function, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a standard sports activities biopic that follows the beats of hottest biopics and that’s most likely why it has a sure classical enchantment. The Partition, the trauma and the wrestle confronted by Milkha Singh make for an inspiring story and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag perceive that proper from the beginning. The movie doesn’t brush over his losses and neither does it deify the Flying Sikh, which is its greatest energy.
1. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
The highest spot on this record belongs to Irrfan Khan starrer Paan Singh Tomar, which, for my part, just isn’t solely one of the best sports activities biopic however one of the best biographical movie ever made in Hindi cinema. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar is the story of a steeplechase athlete who takes up the lifetime of a dacoit after a household dispute. Paan Singh Tomar wasn’t a couple of conventional ‘hero’ however the story supplied an fascinating grey-shaded character as a protagonist which made his journey really feel actual. Irrfan carried the movie on his shoulders underneath Dhulia’s route and revisiting this movie, until date, is simply as rewarding.