Biopics have become the trend of the season. In the last five years, Bollywood has produced an overwhelming number of biopics. Almost all the biopics have become a hit among the audience. But what is more intriguing is the fact that sports biopics especially seems to be catching the attention of Bollywood audience. There are so many sports stars in the country who have risen above their personal limitation and circumstances and achieved something not just for themselves but for the nation as well. Here is a list of some of the most brilliant biopics based on sports personalities that we have seen in Bollywood.
M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story
The film is a 2016 biographical sports film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It is based on the life of former Test, ODI and T20I captain of the Indian national cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, along with Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, and Anupam Kher. The film chronicles the life of Dhoni from a young age through a series of life events. In addition to being released in Hindi language, it was also dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi languages. Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success.
Dangal is a 2016 biographical sports drama film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, under his studio Aamir Khan Productions with UTV Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures India. The film is loosely based on the Phogat family, telling the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat, while Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra portray the adult versions of the two Phogat sisters. The film was a record-breaking commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film ever, the fifth highest grossing non-English film ever, and the highest-grossing sports film worldwide.
Budhia Singh – Born to Run
The movie is a 2016 biographical sports film directed by Soumendra Padhi. It is based on the life of Budhia Singh, world’s youngest marathon runner, who ran 48 marathons when he was only five years old. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee as a coach and Mayur Patole as the title character. The film won a national award for best children’s film at the 63rd National Awards, 2016.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a 2017 docudrama-biographical film directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under 200 NotOut Productions. The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. The film was released on 26 May 2017. It captures Tendulkar’s cricket and personal life in substantial detail, as well as reveals a few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before. The film is simultaneously shot in Hindi, Marathi and English.
Mary Kom is a 2014 biographical sports film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role of the eponymous boxer, with Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa in supporting roles of her husband and mentor, respectively. Mary Kom depicts Kom’s journey of becoming a boxer to her victory at the 2008 World Boxing Championships in Ningbo. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, becoming the first Hindi film to be screened on the opening night of the festival.