December 1, 2022

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Celebrating National Cinema Day

Today is September 23rd,  and we are celebrating National Cinema Day.This is celebrated for the first time in India. National Cinema Day celebrates the successful reopening of cinemas and is a ‘thank you’ to the moviegoers who made this happen.

The Day is also an invitation to those moviegoers who haven’t made it back to a cinema near them, yet. It is a day which celebrates cinema theatres and multiplexes in the age of OTT platforms and streaming services.

It is interesting to note that there is a specific kind of movie, which almost works every time at the box office – sports biopic, that is, films which revolve around the life of a  sportsperson(s). So, on this day let us look at a few such sports biopics. 

1] Dangal :

Dangal is a movie which revolves around the lives of Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat, her sister Babita Phogat and their father Mahavir Phogat. The film shows us how Mahavir Singh fights all odds to train his daughters and make them win medals for the country. It is an intriguing story with stellar performances from Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. It was quite a hit among viewers and turned out to be one of the top grossing movies ever! The film possibly set the example for all such biopics to be made. 

2] Bhaag Milkha Bhaag : 

Based on Indian athlete Milkha Singh’s life, the film kind of started  the whole culture of ‘sports biopics’. It showcases the life and struggles of Olympian Milkha Singh, who is one of India’s most iconic athletes. It is quite a delight to watch and stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role of the legendary athlete. 

3] Mary Kom :

Starring Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom, this film proved to be one of her notable performances. As the name suggests, the film is based on the life and achievements of boxing legend Mary Kom, who has won countless medals for India in the boxing ring. Battling all odds, she brings many laurels to her country, which this film showcases beautifully. 

4] M.S. Dhoni :

The Untold Story – Starring the late Sushant Singh Rajput, this film is about the life of one of the most popular players in the country – Captain Cool, M.S. Dhoni. He is one of the legends of the game and has set a new benchmark for captaincy as well as ‘finishing’. This story shows how he became a cricketer – something he didn’t want to be in the first place. 

5]  Sachin: A Billion dreams :

This isn’t much of a biopic, it is more of a documentary. In this film, Sachin Tendulkar – the God of Cricket himself, narrates his story – of how he came to play the sport of which he became the master. It is wonderful to watch, as we get insights on what he felt during the different phases of his career. 

6] 83 :

This isn’t the story of a single person, but of a whole team – one that defied all odds to achieve something that would go on to inspire generations of people all over the nation. This is the story of ‘Kapil’s Devils’, who conquered the cricketing world in 1983 at Lord’s.

Starring Ranveer Singh as Dev, the film tells the tale of how India, as underdogs, went on to win the World Cup, thereby changing the perception of the Indian Cricket team, as well as that of the Indian nation. It is filled with moments of fun, laughter and hope. 

Some other sports biopics include the recently released Shabhash Mithu, the story of Mithali Raj.  A biopic on the life of Jhulan Goswami is also being made, starring Goswami as the ‘Chakdaha Express’, which is also the name of the film.

There are also sports films which are not biopics but are equally interesting to watch – Chak de India, Lagaan, Panga being a few examples. These make for a good bingeing session too! 

That ends my article. Now, go on and binge on these beauties! 

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