Bollywood’s best sporting successes


THIS week sees the release of sporting drama Soorma, which revolves around the inspirational story of legend­ary hockey player Sandeep Singh, who made a remarka­ble comeback after a gunshot left him paralysed. This isn’t the first time Bollywood has delivered an uplifting sports drama, and with that in mind Eastern Eye select­ed 10 winning efforts… Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992): The classic drama star­ring Aamir Khan revolves around a carefree youngster who must step up for a cycle race. The film was so good that it inspired a Bengali, Telugu and Tamil version. It also had the legendary song Pehla Nasha and won a Filmfare award for Best Film. Lagaan (2001): One of only two commercial Bollywood films to be nominated for an Oscar is a stunning 19th century drama set during the British Raj. Aamir Khan plays the lead role in the story of villagers that take on a British army team in a heart-pumping game or cricket. Iqbal (2005): The up­lifting drama revolves around a deaf and mute farmer’s son who battles against the odds to play for the In­dian cricket team, un­der the guidance of an alcoholic ex-player. Naseeruddin Shah and Shreyas Talpade deliv­er stand out performances in the award-winning film. Chak De India (2007): The story of a disgraced player who redeems himself by coach­ing the Indian wom­en’s hockey team to a World Cup win won hearts of audiences. Shah Rukh Khan plays the team coach and delivers one of the all-time great speeches to rouse the team. The title track would become an iconic sports anthem. Paan Singh Tomar (2012): Irrfan Khan is outstanding in the true-life tale of an Indian soldier who won a gold medal as an athlete, but was forced by circumstances to turn into a dacoit. It would later win a…

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