Post Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it seems that Bollywood filmmakers are now not just making films on sport or underdog-films; instead, they are focusing on the real-life stories of sports-persons and their rise to the top. Bollywood Celebden takes a look at some of the most memorable sports biopics in Bollywood.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) is about Milkha Singh, the track and field sportsman who is the only Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games (400 metres, 1958) so far. He also represented India in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. His life from his modest beginnings to being the star sportsman for the country was chronicled in this film. Farhan Akhtar played Milkha Singh in this hit biopic.
Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar (2012) is about a soldier-athlete-dacoit Paan Singh Tomar who was into the sport of Steeplechase. Tomar, a seven-time national steeplechase champion in the 1950s and 1960s; represented India at the 1958 Asian Games. He later became a dacoit in the Chambal region and was ultimately killed by the police. The director Tigmanshu Dhulia dedicated the movie to the “unsung heroes of Indian sports”. Irrfan Khan played the role of the soldier in this movie.
In addition to these, there are two movies in the pipeline; one based on Mary Kom (the boxer) and the other based on Dhyan Chand (the legendary Hockey player). Priyanka Chopra and Shahrukh Khan are supposed to play the roles respectively.
Reportedly the track-and-field athlete PT Usha’s husband has been approached recently for permission to make a film on Usha. The film, if it is materialised, will presumably chronicle how Usha became the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event. The olympian also set the record for most gold medals earned by a woman in a single track meet at the 1985 Asian Track and Field Meet.