Best Bollywood movies based on cricket

India’s favourite pastime makes great fodder for great cinema too, and these are some films that you should consider checking out.

 

Lagaan

Probably one of the best films in Indian cinema, and most certainly the best one on this list. Lagaan is a story about a group of villagers who play a game of cricket against Englishmen (who play the game regularly) to avoid paying taxes for three years.

 

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

Even though Sushant Singh Rajput did justice to looking like MS Dhoni, the film’s storyline and its execution fell flat. There is hardly any scene depicting the complex politics prevalent inside a dressing room, and the movie feels more like a chronological reel than a story.

 

Iqbal

Based on a deaf-mute fast bowler, Iqbal is a gem of a movie that you should not miss. Initially, Iqbal (played by Shreyas Talpade) faces rejection because of his disability, but his immense potential with the ball helps him land a place on the Indian cricket team.

 

Awwal Number

Made by Dev Anand, this is a trashy Indian film that falls in the ‘so bad, it’s good’ category. Interestingly, it also stars Aamir Khan in the lead role as Sunny. After making such a disaster, we give Aamir full marks for attempting to make another cricket film (Lagaan).

 

Azhar

Based on the life of Mohammad Azharuddin, Azhar was another cricket biopic that fell way short of expectations. Certainly, one of Hyderabad’s favourite cricketers (other than VVS Laxman) deserved much better than the shitshow which had Emraan Hashmi playing the titular role.

 

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