We all love to see Bollywood movies which contains talented actor and beautiful actress, song, dance, drama and a must happy ending, don’t we? On the other hand, cricket is the most popular sport in India in terms of man following and playing individuals.
These are the two things without which our nation is totally incomplete. So what happens when the above two elements combine? The audience gets to see an absolutely delighting and entertaining feature film. Here is a list of top 10 bollywood movies made on cricket :
1) Lagaan (2001)
Set in the Victorain period of British Rule, Lagaan can definitely be called the magnum opus of cricketing movies in Bollywood. Directed by Asutosh Gowariker and starring Aamir Khan in the lead role, Lagaan is nothing less than a sheer masterpiece which combines cricket with drama and patriotism. The story of a group of villagers, led by Pawan(Aamir Khan) defeats their British lords in a cricket match and thus exempts themselves from paying taxes. A spirited performance from each of the actors, accompanied by Bhanu Athaiya’s costume designing, AR Rahman’s soulful tunes and Amitabh Bachan’s narration which powered the movie all the way to the OSCAR. Although it lost out to the No Man’s Land in the Best Foreign Film’s category, Lagaan undoubtedly won everyone’s heart.
2) Iqbaal (2005)
The story of deaf and mute Iqbal, portrayed by Shreyas Talpade and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, who aspires to become a fast bowler for India and the various challenges he has to face on his way. A superb acting from Talpade complemented by equally powerful supporting roles from two of the most veteran actors of Bollywood. Nassiruddin Shah, as a local drunkard and ex-cricketer Mohit who coaches Iqbal and assists him in his journey and Girish Karnad, as the villainous selector who wanted to supress Iqbal’s career. Two special aspects about the movie :
The inspiring ‘Aashayein’ sung by KK and the unforgettable cameo by Kapil Dev acted like a cheery on the top the cake.
3) Awwal Number (1990)
Another Aamir Khan starrer cricket movie, this time directed by die hard cricket lover Dev Anand, who also features in the movie as DIG Vikram Singh. Story is about a rising batting star Sunny(Aamir) replaces his own brother Ronny, played by Aditya Pancholi in the Indian team and in the process creates hatred in Ronny’s heart who decides to take revenge. The film had an exceedingly dramatic story when Ronny teams up with terrorists and decides to kill 50,000 people by planting a bomb in the pitch of Wankhade Stadium while India was taking on Australia on the same venue and his brother was batting. How DIG Vikram saves the crowd and how Sunny leads India to victory constitutes the rest of the movie.
4) Ferrari Ki Sawari (2012)
A touching movie exploring the dreams a young budding cricketer Kayo, to play in the Lord’s Cricket Ground and his relationship with his father and grand-father, played by Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani respectively. The movie had two geniuses namely Vidu Vinod Chopra (production and screenplay) and Raj Kumar Hirani (editing) which made the movie hard to dislike. It generated enough funny moments revolving around Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari. A grroving guest apperance from Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal in a negative role made the film even better.
5) Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli (2007)
The movie is about a 13 year old orphan Karan, for whom Kapil Dev and his heroics in the 1983 World Cup have been serving as an huge inspiration. He somehow acquires the ‘magic bat’ with which Kapil Dev struck his epic 175* against Zimbabwe and with the help of the bat he bats so well that he manages to debut for India as the youngest player in history. He befriends the skipper Varun, played by Rahul Bose and two of them become good buddies. Twist happens when Karan loses his ‘magic bat’ before the final match of the series. Kapil Dev also makes a cameo in this sweet and heart warming movie.
6) Patiala House (2011)
This sports cum family drama cum half-romantic movie, stars Akshay Kumar slipping into the role of Gattu/ Kaali who aspires to play for England as a fast bowler but is constantly prevented by his father Gutrej Kahon, played by Rishi Kapoor, has a deep hatred towards the entire English community and culture. The rest of the film is about how Gattu manages to fulfill his own dream and wins and changes his father’s heart . A valiant performance from Akki and Rishi Kapoor is worth watching while Anushka Sharma plays the love interest of Akshay Kumar and Dimple Kapadia plays his mother. A string of international cricketers like Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds, Herchelle Gibbs, Keiron Polard , Nasser Hussain, Sanjay Manjrekar also features in the Nikhil Advani movie, which is supposed to be based loosely on England spinner Monty Panesar’s story.
7) Dil Bole Hadippa ! (2009)
Rani Mukherjee plays the role of a village dancing girl Veera as well as disguises herself as a boy, Veer to fulfill her dream to play in the Indian national cricket team in this hilarious movie with cricket being its central theme. Also starring Shahid Kapoor as Vicky, captain of the Indian team, the movie is a must watch, mainly because of Mukherjee’s outstanding acting skills, both as Veer and Veera and the comedy of error which results in the revelation of her true identity later and what happens next.
8) Chamatkar (1992)
The joint combination of Shah Rukh Khan and Naseeruddin Shah serves as the backbone of this classic movie which blends cricket with a revenge saga. SRK plays the role of Sunder, an honest, kind and generous graduate cum cricket coach of a college team while Shah played the role of Marco, a reformed ghost who wants to correct all his past ill-doings and assists Sundar in all their endeavours. Also starring Urmila Matondkar, the comic bits, emotional strips and masterly acting made the movie a quintessential one.
9) Love Marriage (1959)
The first mainstream bollywood movie made on cricket, featured Dev Anand and Mala Sinha in lead roles and was directed by Subodh Mukherjee.
Sunil Kumar (Dev Anand), an upcoming cricketer, arrives in Bombay and rents a room, but runs into arguments with Geeta (Mala Sinha), the landlord’s daughter pretty soon. However, Geeta turns up for a match Sunil plays, and falls in love with Sunil during the match. Though Sunil plays some rather unconventional, ordinary cricket, the Ray Lindwall-ish action of the bowler is unmistakable.
They end up getting married, and the marriage goes downhill as it progresses. The movie is immortalised by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet dheere dheere chal, among other classics.
10.) Victory (2009)
If the makers of Victory were asked to organize a mini IPL, they could have gladly pulled off the job given their huge ensemble cast of international cricketers who featured in this box office dud. From Brett Lee to Sanath Jayasuriya, Muthhiah Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, Mohinder Amarnath to Allan Border, the movie included a lot of legendary and contemporary players of the game.
Harman Baweja played the role of protagonist Vijay, who first gets into the Indian team, then gets dropped due to undisciplined lifestyle, develops a haemorrhage due to a shock but recovers and returns to the Indian team and emerges victorious. A typical bollywood stereotyped movie which completely failed to impress the audience.
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