Mumbai, India (CU)_ With the Olympics and Paralympics season, netizens are in full sports spirit. From Mary Kom to Saina, Bollywood has produced a number of films showcasing the amazing journey and dedication of Indian sportswomen. Here is a list of some of the motivating stories of Bollywood’s sportswomen who have inspired millions of young women to participate in sports and achieve their ambitions.
The 2014 sports biopic Mary Kom was directed by Omung Kumar and features Priyanka Chopra in the lead role. The story follows the journey of the Indian woman boxer Mary Kom. Chungneijang Mangte Mary Kom is the only woman to have won the World Amateur Boxing Championship six times. The athlete, who hails from a small town in Manipur, overcame several obstacles on her way to become a world-class athlete. The film was a box office hit and entered the highest-grossing Indian film led by a female performer, and Priyanka Chopra received applause for her performance.
The Bollywood biopic-drama Saina was directed by Amole Gupta. The film is based on the life of Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal, with Parineeti Chopra playing the lead role. Saina Nehwal made numerous records and won more than 24 international medals during her career, propelling the badminton sport to new heights in India. The movie depicts the success story of Saina Nehwal. The film was praised for depicting Saina Nehwal’s path from a middle-class household to becoming a world-class athlete in a simple yet realistic manner.
The 2016 sports biopic Dangal was directed by Nitesh Tiwari and features Aamir Khan in the lead role. The film is based on the true story of the veteran wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. The story follows the journey of a father who painstakingly trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to make them India’s first-ever female wrestlers at the world level. The movie wonderfully conveyed a father’s drive to make his children world-class athletes. The film ultimately made it into India’s top 20 highest-grossing films.
The movie was directed by Sudha Kongara and features R. Madhavan and the newcomer Ritika Singh in the lead role. In the 2016 multilingual sports drama film Saala Khadoos, Aditya Tomar, an ostracized boxer, trains Ezhil Madhi to win the women’s boxing title. The film was a box office hit and garnered favorable reviews from the audience. The cast was highly praised for their outstanding performance.
Chak De! India
The 2007 sports drama Chak De! India was directed by Shimit Amin. The story follows the life of a hockey coach called Kabir Khan, who was blamed a cheater by his nation following a mistaken picture during an India-Pakistan hockey match. Later, he becomes the Indian Women Hockey team coach, overcoming several obstacles to win the international trophy and reclaims his credits and reputation. The film features Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. The film was a box office hit and received favorable reviews.