Game On: Dive into Bollywood’s inspiring sports movies for International Sports Day

International Sports Day is a time to celebrate the spirit of athleticism and competition, and what better way to do so than by exploring the vibrant world of sports through Bollywood films? From heart-pounding cricket matches to inspiring tales of perseverance, Bollywood has produced a plethora of films that capture the essence of sportsmanship and triumph.

Here’s a list of top Bollywood films on sports to enjoy on this special day:

“Lagaan” (2001)

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this epic sports drama revolves around a group of Indian villagers who challenge their British rulers to a cricket match in order to escape oppressive taxes. With stellar performances and a gripping storyline, “Lagaan” is a cinematic masterpiece that celebrates the power of unity and determination.

“Chak De! India” (2007)

Starring Shah Rukh Khan, this film tells the story of a former hockey player who coaches the Indian women’s national field hockey team to victory against all odds. “Chak De! India” is an inspiring tale of teamwork, perseverance, and patriotism that resonates with audiences of all ages.

“Dangal” (2016)

Based on the true story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat, “Dangal” chronicles their journey from rural Haryana to international wrestling success. A powerful portrayal of gender equality and familial bonds, this film is a must-watch for its compelling narrative and stellar performances.

“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (2013)

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, this biographical sports drama depicts the life of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as the Flying Sikh. With Farhan Akhtar in the lead role, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” showcases Singh’s struggles, triumphs, and indomitable spirit on his quest for glory.

“Mary Kom” (2014)

Starring Priyanka Chopra in the titular role, this biographical sports drama follows the journey of Indian boxer Mary Kom as she overcomes numerous obstacles to become a world champion. Chopra’s powerful performance and Kom’s inspiring story make this film a compelling watch for sports enthusiasts and movie lovers alike.

“Sultan” (2016)

Featuring Salman Khan as the eponymous wrestler Sultan Ali Khan, this film explores his journey from a small-town wrestler to a national champion and beyond. With themes of redemption, love, and perseverance, “Sultan” is a gripping sports drama that resonates with audiences worldwide.

“Dhoni: The Untold Story” (2016)

Sushant Singh Rajput stars as the iconic Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in this biographical sports film that delves into the highs and lows of his illustrious career. From his humble beginnings to leading the Indian cricket team to World Cup glory, “Dhoni: The Untold Story” offers an intimate look at the man behind the legend.

“Gold” (2018)

Set against the backdrop of India’s first Olympic gold medal win as an independent nation in 1948, “Gold” follows the journey of the Indian hockey team under the leadership of coach Tapan Das, played by Akshay Kumar. With patriotic fervor and stirring performances, this film pays homage to the unsung heroes of Indian sports history.

“Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar” (1992)

This coming-of-age sports drama directed by Mansoor Khan revolves around a group of high school students preparing for a cycling race. With themes of rivalry, friendship, and redemption, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar” remains a beloved classic that continues to inspire generations of viewers.

“Saina” (2021)

Based on the life of Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal, this biographical sports drama stars Parineeti Chopra in the lead role. From her early struggles to becoming one of the world’s top-ranked badminton players, “Saina” offers a compelling glimpse into Nehwal’s journey of dedication and determination.

As we celebrate International Sports Day, these Bollywood films serve as a testament to the power of sports to inspire, unite, and uplift. So gather your friends and family, grab some popcorn, and embark on a cinematic journey filled with passion, perseverance, and the thrill of victory.