From the last era we have seen many movies on sportspersons. Many sportsperson did not get the spotlight in their domain. In recent times they are projected in the big screen for their talents. Many film directors presented their life history, struggle, achievements through their movies. Many players are focused not only for talents, for their interesting life too. Let’s see those movies inspired by sportsmen.
1. Mary Kom: Mary Kom is an upcoming 2014 Indian biographical sports drama film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But who is this Mary Kom? Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. After an eight-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam. At the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship, Kom was competing not just for the championship itself but also for a place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women’s boxing had featured as an Olympic sport. She was defeated in the 51 kg semi-finals by Nicola Adams of the UK.
This movie is based on the life of the Indian boxer Mary Kom, the film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead. Minakkshi Kalitaa, Shishir Sharma and Zachary Coffin also star. First look of the movie unvield on 15 July 2014 by Priyanka Chopra. The film is scheduled for release on 5 September 2014.
2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Many people have seen the name ‘Milkha Singh’ after the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a 2013 Indian biographical sports drama film produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra from a script written by Prasoon Joshi based on the life of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. The story is taken back to the memories of the childhood days of a young boy which haunted him, resulted in him dropping to third. Partition of India in 1947 caused chaos which resulted in mass religious violence in Punjab in British India, killing the parents of Milkha Singh. So let’s get familiar with this name. Farhan Akhtar played the role of ‘Milkha Singh’ in this movie.
Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh, is a former Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. 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. He led the race for some time before easing off, allowing others to pass him. 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 held for almost 40 years. Milkha Singh was born on 20 November 1929 according to records in Pakistan. He represented India in the 200m and 400m competitions of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Singh had been awarded the Padma Shri following his success in 1958.
3. Chak De! India: Chak De! India is a 2007 Hindi language Indian sports drama film about field hockey in India. Directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Yash Raj Films. Mir Ranjan Negi is often compared with the lead character Kabir Khan played by Shah Rukh Khan.
Mir Ranjan Negi is a field hockey player and former goalkeeper of the India national field hockey team. In the 1982 Asian Games, Negi was the goalkeeper for the India national field hockey team in the final field hockey match against Pakistan. India lost 1-7, which brought “unprecedented humiliation for India in a sporting arena. The nation went into a mourning and Negi into hiding. Negi was accused in some quarters of having conceded those goals. He was let go by the Indian Hockey Federation and quit the game for many years. He returned as a goalkeeping coach for the 1998 Asian Games in which the India national field hockey team won the Gold. He was also the assistant coach for the Women’s team when it won the Gold at the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup.
4. Main Hoon Shahid Afridi : Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is a 2013 Pakistani action drama sports film directed by Syed Ali Raza Usama and produced by Humayun Saeed & Shahzad Nasib. Story of a boy who dreams to become Shahid Afridi finds himself down on luck when the only club he ever knew goes bankrupt. With no place else to go he discovers one last chance to save his club, his town and his dream.
In this film Shahid Afridi became an Idol of that boy. Shahid Afridi ‘The Boom Boom’ man known for his aggressive batting style.
5. Hansie: A True Story: Hansie is a feature film, produced in South Africa by Global Creative Studios and directed by Regardt van den Bergh. It is based on the true story of cricketer Hansie Cronje. The movie was released on 24 September 2008 in South African cinemas. Frank Rautenbach played the role of Hansie Cronje in the movie.
The news of Hansie Cronje’s involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international sporting community. An unprecedented rise to glory was followed by the most horrific fall. A tarnished hero fueled the nation’s fury. Hansie, once South African cricket’s golden boy, had been stripped of everything he had held dear: a glorious captaincy, the support of his former team mates and the respect of a nation.
Cronje made his first-class debut for Orange Free State against Transvaal at Johannesburg in January 1988 at the age of 18. In the following season, he was a regular appearing in all eight Currie Cup matches plus being part of the Benson and Hedges Series winning team, scoring 73 as an opener in the final. In 1989–90, despite playing all the Currie Cup matches, he failed to make a century. Cronje’s form in 1991/92 was impressive especially in the one-day format where he averaged 61.40. He earned an international call up for the 1992 World Cup, making his One Day International debut against Australia at Sydney.
On 7 April 2000, Delhi police revealed they had a recording of a conversation between Cronje and Sanjay Chawla, a representative of an Indian betting syndicate, over match-fixing allegations. Three other players,Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje, and Pieter Strydom, were also implicated. After an enquiry by the King Commission, Cronje was banned from playing or coaching cricket for life. He challenged his life ban in September 2001 but on 17 October 2001, his application was dismissed. He died in a plane accident. The plane crashed into the Outeniqua Mountains northeast of the airport and Hansie Cronje was killed instantly.
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