India, a country with a diverse culture and traditions, also boasts some of the biggest sports icons that hold the baton high and make the country proud! Legends such as PT Usha, Milkha Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom, Mahesh Bhupati, Sania Mirza, Kapil Dev, PV Sindhu, Sunil Chetri, Dhyan Chand and Neeraj Chopra played a significant role in making India shine globally. Thanks to this popularity and their enormous contribution to Indian sport, over the years Indian filmmakers have beautifully portrayed the famous life journeys of some of these famous sports personalities in the form of biographical films, documentaries and documentaries. Read on to find out the top 5 movies and series that pay tribute to India’s most iconic sports champions:
1. Sachin – a billion dreams
‘Sachin – A Billion Dreams’ is a feature-length documentary based on the life of the ‘god of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar. The sports documentary, shot simultaneously in English, Hindi and Marathi, is directed by the critically acclaimed British filmmaker James Erskine. Sachin – A Billion Dreams delves into Sachin Tendulkar’s unrivaled cricket journey, from his childhood and early career to his first World Cup victory. The 2017 documentary also uses some lesser-known facts from his life, which is definitely a delicacy for his avid fans!
2. Bandon Mein Tha Dum
‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’, directed by Neeraj Pandey, is a special events series that will air exclusively on Voot Select from June 16, 2022. The four-part special events series follows the highlights and downs of the Indian national cricket team on their historic 2020/21 tour. Australia. Bandon Mein Tha Dum pays tribute to the young team of India, which led to the stunning defeat of the world’s most feared cricket team – Australia. Director Neeraj Pandey with Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari and Washington Sundar celebrate the courage, dedication and hard work of Indian cricketers to win the “Border-Gavaskar Trophy”.
3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is a biographical sports drama that was shown on the big screen in 2013. This superhit, directed by the famous Bollywood filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, revolves around the personal and professional life of Milkha Singh, known as the Flying Sikh, the winner of the Game Commonwealth and two-time 400m Asian Games winner. The main role is played by Farhan Akhtar and the main roles are Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Meesha Shafi and Pavan Malhotra.
Directed by filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwina Iyer Tiwari from 2021, ‘Break Point’ is a tennis documentary available for streaming exclusively on Zee5 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The seven-part series follows the highly regarded careers of tennis legends – Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. Break Point delves deeper into Leander and Mahesh’s incredible partnership for their shocking breakup and captures significant moments from their respective tennis careers.
5. Marie Kom
‘Mary Kom’ is a biographical sports film based on the life of the Indian boxer of the same name, starring global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas. In addition to Priyanka, the director Omung Kumar also played Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa in supporting roles. The 2013 blockbuster film captures the hardships that Mary Kom had to deal with as a boxer before winning the 2008 World Cup in Ningbo.