Top 10 Bollywood Sports Movies

Sports- What a fascinating genre to watch movies on, sports movies are a unique blend of motivation, inspiration, emotions, dreams, failure stories, success stories, struggles, and many more. In Bollywood, there are many such sports movies that can be watched with friends and family. Among these sports movies, some are based on real incidents and real winners who once had played for their country and achieved national and international fame.

We are here with a list of the top 10 Bollywood sports movies.

Dangal

Year of release- 2016

Duration-  2h 41m

Director- Nitesh Tiwari

Cast- Aamir khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana shaikh, Zaira Wasim, Sanya Malhotra

IMDB Rating- 8.3/10

This Bollywood sports movie was based on real Indian wrestling women champions named Geeta and Babita Phogat, this movie shows how they both struggle to become National and international level champions. Their father (Mahavir Singh Phogat) was a wrestler and always wanted to have a son but never got one, so he got this idea: why don’t I start training my own daughters for women’s wrestling?! He dreams of achieving a gold medal in the commonwealth games for the country. Little girls in their childhood never wanted to become wrestlers but for their father’s sake and his dream, they both decided to walk on such a path. They did hard work, won a lot of medals as well as gold medals for their country, and represented India for many a time. This movie was a grand success and the sixth highest-grossing non-English and non-Mandarin film.

Sultan

Year of release- 2016

Duration-  2h 50m

Director- Ali Abbas Zafar

Cast- Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh

IMDB Rating- 7/10

This movie revolves around a wrestler from Haryana,  Named Sultan. It’s about his personal and professional life, a common man who decides to become a wrestler initially just to impress a girl but then he wins a lot of medals and gold medals for the nation. It is a drama movie with a pinch of romance. He left wrestling when his newborn died. Years later, he sets out to revive his career again as he needs the prize money and wants to regain his lost respect.

Soorma

Year of release- 2018

Duration-  2h 11m

Director- Shaadh Ali

Cast- Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi,Vijay Raaz

IMDB Rating- 7.3/10

This Bollywood sports movie is an Indian biographical sports film based on a life story of a hockey player named Sandeep Singh, this is a story of a true miracle that happened to this player after experiencing a near-death experience when he got shot by a gun during his train journey while he was going for the hockey World cup, this story is about passion confidence, and overcoming physical as well as emotional pain, this is a true story of the victory of determination, hard work and love for the sport.

Chak de India!

Year of release- 2007

Duration-  2h 33m

Director- Shimit Amin

Cast- Shahrukh Khan, Vidhya Malvade, Sagrika Ghatge, Chitranshi Rawat, and many more

IMDB Rating- 8.1/10

This movie is among one of the highest watched movies, the story of this Bollywood sports movie revolves around the girls Indian National hockey team, everyone underestimated the girl’s hockey team but their coach Kabir Khan, a former national hockey player helped every girl in the team win the World cup championship. Kabir Khan was tainted as disloyal 7 years back when he used to play and tagged as religious prejudice, but he needed one chance to prove his loyalty towards the country and he then decided to become a coach for the Indian national girls hockey team. This movie not only shows sportsman spirit but also how sports can build up leadership quality as well as discipline in one’s nature.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Year of release- 2013

Duration-  3h 6m

Director- Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Cast- Farhan Akhtar, Divya Dutta, Sonam Kapoor

IMDB Rating- 8.2/10

This movie is based on the life of great Indian athlete Milkha Singh, this movie shows how he became the greatest athlete his struggles and everything is perfectly shown in this movie, this movie shows the actual life story of Milkha Singh and how he suffers during the partition of India and with limited resources how he gets the opportunity to become an athlete, and how he overcomes all the obstacles that come in his way. This movie is so inspiring and definitely worth watching. The biggest lesson that we can learn from Milkha Singh’s life is- it depends on what we choose and what decisions we make even if we have limited resources.

83

Year of release- 2021

Duration-  2h 45m

Director- Kabir Khan

Cast- Ranvir Singh, Deepika Padukone, Saqib Salim,Tahir Raj Bhasin,Pankaj Tripathi, and many more

IMDB Rating- 7.5/10

This Bollywood sports movie is also based on a real incident, this story tells a tale of how the Indian cricket team won the world cup for the first time in the year 1983 under the captainship of Kapil Dev and with the sportsman spirit of many more great cricketers. This movie shows exact matches and exact scenarios that happened during the world cup of 1983 this story is emotional as well as inspirational. During the time of the world cup, no one believed that the Indian cricket team could even participate, but it shows the great sportsman spirit and how one could think and achieve something great and unbelievable. This shows the power of hope and faith.

Mary Kom

Year of release- 2014

Duration-  2h 2m

Director- Omung Kumar

Cast- Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, Sunil Thapa

IMDB Rating-  6.8/10

This sports movie is based on an Indian boxer named Mary Kom, and how she struggles to play even after getting married and having twin children. It shows the power, strength, and sportsmanship of a woman. She started playing even after her father disapproved of it. It shows how strong a woman can be! She fought a battle with herself in overcoming the physical challenge that she faced after having children, but she did and she made an unbelievable impression of victory over thousands of Indian women.

Panga

Year of release- 2020

Duration-  2h 11m

Director- Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Cast- Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Jessie Gill

IMDB Rating- 6.8/10

This Bollywood sports movie is based on the real-life story of an Indian Kabaddi player and former Indian women’s team captain named Mamatha Poojary. This is a real story of a woman’s struggle who leaves her dream and aspirations just to take care of her family, husband, and children. After getting married and having a child, she sometimes regrets and misses playing but her son and husband support her and push her to return to sport. This story is about how she overcomes physical and emotional challenges and returns to the game.

Jungle Cry

Year of release- 2022

Duration-  1h 57m

Director- Sagar Ballary

Cast- Abhay Deol, Emily Shah, Sherry Baines, Stewart Wright

IMDB Rating-  7.5/10

This is a true story of 12 underprivileged and orphan kids from Odisha’s Kalinga institute of social science. They all use to play football but when Paul from England came to India in search of talent. He accidentally passes by Odisha and inspires all the young players to play Rugby. Children not only learn a new sport in 4 months but to go to England and beat the best young players of rugby. This is a true story of how an Indian player played rugby and learned about scrum in the year 2007.

Iqbal

Year of release- 2005

Duration-  2h 12m

Director- Nagesh Kukunoor

Cast- Shreyas Talpade, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Shweta Basu

IMDB Rating-  8.1/10

This is a story of a young boy who is dumb and deaf, he dreams of playing cricket for the Indian national team in spite of his own condition. When his condition hinders his selection he requests a retired coach to train him like a professional player. After getting training, his talent, passion, and dream of sport is accepted and he did play for the Indian cricket team and made his international debut as well.

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