As a sports fan/enthusiast it is tough to digest that for an indefinite period of time there are No games around, No favorite players to watch, No IPL, No Premier League and absolutely NOTHING.
Still, there are some things connected with sports and sportspersons that can make you feel better during this quarantine period. There are magazines, autobiographies, biographies, feature books and then MOVIES.
Here are our best five sports movies you must watch
A movie based on former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat. The story of this movie revolves around how Mahavir Singh (Amir) trains both his daughters and keeps them under his strict supervision to make them so fit, that they can win a gold medal for the country, which is an unfulfilled dream of their father. Though, a good part of this movie is dedicated to how the elder daughter, Geeta gets involved a bit with her new friends in an academy and re-defines herself with the help of her father.
This 2hr 41 minutes movie will surely give you goosebumps if you are a wrestling fan!
2 Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India
The story takes you to a small village during the Victorian rule in India. This story revolves around a cricket match played between the villagers and their British rulers. Winning the match becomes a do or die situation for the villagers as if they win, they will not be paying taxes for the next three years. This comes up after Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a rebellious farmer, unites the villagers to publicly oppose the tax. The then Tyrannical Captain, Russell then offers a novel way to settle the dispute as he challenges Bhuvan and his fellow villagers to play a game of cricket, which was then a completely foreign sport for India.
In the 3hr 44 minutes long movie, know how this match becomes a do or die situation for the villagers and how they come out as champions of a game which is hardly played by them.
3 Chak De India
The story revolves around, Kabir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), who was the former Captain of the Men’s Hockey Team and was fired because his team failed to score the winning goal. Several years later, he gets an opportunity to bring back his reputation when he is offered the position of a Coach for the Women’s Hockey Team. So, sit back and relive King SRK’s one of the most popular and powerful roles of all time, and makes his team victorious against all odds.
This 2hr 33 minutes movie will surely make you feel a bit more patriotic during this lockdown period.
4 Paan Singh Tomar
This is the story of Former Indian Steeplechase athlete, Paan Singh Tomar. A record Seven-time National Champion who becomes a dacoit in the Valleys of Chambal. The story revolves around an interview which Pan Singh gave to a reporter regarding his personal life. In the interview, he talks about how he becomes an army officer and surprises his colleges with his superb athletic skills. Events start unfolding in his life very quickly after that, and he soon becomes a National Champion for a record 7 years on the trot. Later, due to a family dispute his mother gets killed and Singh leaves everything behind and becomes a dacoit to take the revenge of his mother’s death.
This is one of those films which can teach you how high and low our lives can unfold, even if we become someone like a certain “Paan Singh Tomar”.
5 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Relive the rise of one of the most respected and celebrated athletes of India, Milkha Singh. The race for which Singh is best remembered is his fourth-place finish in the 400 meters final at the 1960 Olympic Games, which he had entered as one of the favorites. Various records were broken in the race, which required a photo-finish and saw American Otis Davis being declared the winner by one-hundredth of a second over German Carl Kaufmann. Singh’s fourth-place time of 45.73 became the Indian national record and was held for almost 40 years.
This story will show you how he got to the pinnacle of success when he was called the ‘Flying Sikh’ during an event in Pakistan. Singh was persuaded by the then Prime Minister Of India, Jawaharlal Nehru to set aside his memories of the Partition era to race successfully in 1960 against Abdul Khaliq in Pakistan, where a post-race comment by the then General Ayub Khan led to him acquiring the nickname of “The Flying Sikh”.