Certain assumptions taken, Bollywood is considered a religion in India. The other religion well, is Cricket. Sports on the whole though for the new generation is a religion with the scope of sports being followed increasing rapidly, it is great when the two religions get together.So when the God of one religion is played by the God of another, it makes for an enticing view. In this interesting journey, there have been a few masterpieces, inspiring, refreshing and riveting.While the likes of MS Dhoni- the untold story, Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar, Patiala House, Awwal Number were among the biggest hit movies in their times and intriguing, there are a few other movies that have through sports portrayed a beautiful story.

Here’s a look at the sports movies an Indian fan shouldn’t miss:

  • Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal

For a movie to be based on a sport that wasn’t as popular in the country at that time and with it attach emotions, drama and inspiration is what catches the eye with this movie.

The movie revolves around a team that is struggling to stay put and on the verge of losing a ground. Their coach (Boman Irani) inspires and lifts the side, helped by star players played by Arshad Warsi and John Abraham to win the championship and in the process, save their ground.

The story doesn’t just beautifully capture the essence of the sport of football, getting all together, it also narrates a touching story that would bind anyone and inspire people to look up to sports.

  • Lagaan

Nominee for the Academy Award and the Oscar, Lagaan was a brilliant display of the pre-independence era using sports and how the game of cricket saved a badly struck village.

A tale of grit and resilience in the British-ruled India, Lagaan portrays a beautiful story of people coming together through sports and rescuing the troubled village all based on a game of cricket.


The movie also ignites the patriot in the viewer as they get the essence of the British ruling and how these villagers come out triumphant against the odds.

  • Chak De India

Based on a real life incident, a failed hockey player takes to the hockey field as a coach a few years later to wash away the accusations to build a formidable Indian women’s hockey team.


The movie beautifully portrays the existing barriers and differences based on the ethnicity and how the coach based on the game of hockey binds them together and produces champions.

  • Paan Singh Tomar

Based on real life incident pertaining to the sorry state of affairs of sports in the country and the treatment an athlete gets, Paan Singh Tomar is a story of an athlete’s hardships.

Paan Singh, who served the Indian Army and won National Games gold but the ill-treatment he got forced him to turn into a bandit.

Paan Singh Tomar

Image: Deccan Chronicle

The story makes people aware of the kind of hardwork that goes into making an athlete, the hardships he faces and what he is forced to do as a result, calling for a better support system for athletes.

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Story of the “The Flying Sikh”, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag beautifully captures the story of one of India’s greatest athlete.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Image: India

The movie inspires people to chase their dreams, whatever they may be and put in all the hardwork to realise the same.

The sports action in the movie was directed by Rob Miller of ReelSports

  • Mary Kom

One of the most inspiring athletes in the country, Mary Kom has achieved what many cannot even dream of. Based on the real life story of Mary Kom, the movie puts to light the struggle of the five time World Champion.

Mary Kom Poster

Image: Sami Naik

From being a female boxer to then giving up her dream post marriage, only to chase it again despite having a couple of kids and balance things out, the movie puts forward a story of the sacrifices one makes to get to the top and then stay there.

  • Iqbal

A deaf and dumb dreamer doesn’t get bogged down by any of the misfortunes given to him by life and despite no support from his father goes on to become a big player.

Iqbal Movie Poster

Image: OZEE

This story puts together the story of every Indian home where parents are reluctant to let their kids play as well as inspiring with the lead doing the unthinkable despite his disabilities.

  • Kai Po Che

In the age of start-ups, Kai Po Che is the story of three friends who wish to open a sports store and academy and produce players.

Kai po che Poster

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Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel “Three mistakes of my life”, the movie sets in Ahmedabad, revolving around three friends. The film tracks their deep friendship, and innocence tarnished by religious politics and communal hatred, which results in their fallout, and an eventual death.

But cliché in Bollywood, everything ends on a good note and the student of the friend who passed away finally makes it big in cricket, something the friend who died had dreamed of. What was better was to see the friends getting back.

What better Sports Movies have you got on your suggestion list? Let us know in the comments.

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An engineer turned Sports Management professional, it was better late than never for him! An absolute sports freak with interest across sports, Anubhav has had 4 years of experience in the industry across functions. He has the rare experience of working in the Wrestling League and was the man behind the live updates for it. Having written for leading portals, Anubhav keenly follows Cricket, Football, while not missing much of action in Kabaddi, Tennis and Hockey! A Delhite who supports Delhi franchise in all sports possible and Liverpool among the foreign teams, he can go to the extent of skipping a meal when his team loses.

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