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Top 10 Captivating Indian Sports Biopics You Can’t Afford to Miss!

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Indian players sports biopic is taking Bollywood by storm. Each year many celebrities are teaming up with producers and directors to showcase the wonders of their favourite sports personalities. The trend of sports biopic started getting traction from the last eight to ten years. Lagaan, Chak De India, etc. were among the first sports movies to become popular, and since then we have started seeing numerous Bollywood films on sports, be it a biopic or a sports based movie.

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Indian Players Sports Biopic – An Overview   

Movie Biopics, especially sports biopics have become the flavour of the season for Bollywood industry. Thanks to the success of films like Paan Singh Tomar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni – The Untold story, and Dangal, filmmakers are itching to document the hardships of Indian sports stars.

List of Top 10 Indian Sports Biopics 

Sports Biopics
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Mary Kom (2014)
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)
Dangal (2016)
Azhar (2016)
Soorma (2018)
83 (2021)
Saina (2021)
Shabaash Mithu (2022)

Paan Singh Tomar

Paan Singh Tomar played by Irfan Khan showcased how a national athlete turned dacoit, and what led to his rise as the most feared ‘Daku’ during that period. Chak De India, though not a sports biopic, traced the journey of Indian women hockey team and how they managed to win the world cup. The film’s leading man Shahrukh Khan played the role of hockey coach Kabir Khan. The movie was well appreciated from all strata of society. Shahrukh won many awards for the movie.


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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag stands out as one of Bollywood’s highly acclaimed biographical films, capturing the remarkable story of Milkha Singh, the legendary Indian track and field athlete known as the Flying Sikh. The movie delves into the compelling narrative of Milkha Singh’s life, from his decision to join the Indian Army to his subsequent journey in the world of track and field. This motivational sports film, available on Disney+ Hotstar, is an absolute must-watch, offering inspiration and an insight into the challenges and triumphs that shaped Milkha Singh’s extraordinary journey.

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a captivating biographical film that delves into the remarkable journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian Cricket team. The movie intricately portrays Dhoni’s humble beginnings in Ranchi and delves into the challenges he faced, both personally and professionally, leading up to his iconic winning six in the 2011 World Cup. Through its compelling narrative, this film evokes a myriad of emotions and leaves the audience with a profound sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Mary Kom

Bollywood Biopic featuring Women in Sports
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Priyanka Chopra delivered an outstanding performance in the 2014 biographical film “Mary Kom,” which depicted the remarkable life of legendary Indian boxer MC Mary Kom. The movie garnered immense acclaim for showcasing Mary Kom’s journey as a boxer while also highlighting her struggles to maintain a balance between her family and career. Priyanka Chopra’s commitment to the role involved rigorous physical training, enabling her to flawlessly portray Mary Kom’s boxing style. The film received high praise and achieved the highest-ever opening weekend record for a female-led Indian film. However, it is important to note that the story in the film concludes with Mary Kom’s victory at the 2008 World Boxing Championships, as the contractual limitations restricted the inclusion of her 2012 London Olympics bronze medal win.


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Dangal

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As far as Dangal is concerned it not just created Box Office record garnering around Rs. 400 crore in India, but the movie became the most watched International film in China. Aamir Khan who was also the producer of Dangal essayed the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat. The film highlighted the making of Geeta and Babita who gave India numerous medals at international wrestling events.

Indian players sports biopic like Mary Kom and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag were also appreciated by critics and fans. Actor, director, producer, singer and writer Farhan Akhtar portrayed the legendary Milkha Singh. Mary Kom was played by Priyanka Chopra who was also nominated for the national award for her part.    

Upcoming Sports Biopics

Abhinav Bindra Biopic

Second on the list of Indian players sports biopic is the Abhinav Bindra movie. The biopic on the Olympic Gold medal winning shooter is in the pipeline. Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor will be playing Abhinav Bindra. He has already started the preparations for the role and is doing the rounds of many shooting circuits around India.

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It will be interesting to see how Harshvardhan Kapoor, performs as Abhinav Bindra. (Source)

The film is supposedly based on Bindra’s autobiography, ‘A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold’. The movie will be directed by Kannan Iyer.

Producer Prerna Arora is backing the sports biopic on the life and times of the Olympic gold medalist shooter. She says “It is a difficult project as the makers have to be cautious while presenting the story in an honest way.”

The Pullela Gopichand Biopic

One of the greatest Indian sportsperson of all time Pullela Gopichand created history by winning the All England Badminton Championship. He became only the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the prestigious tournament. After retiring as an active player, Gopichand could not keep himself out of the badminton court. He trains young shuttlers at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.   

After guiding PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to Olympic medals, his fans were expecting someone to make a movie on his life. According to film industry reports, the Gopichand biopic will be directed by Praveen Sattaru. The movie will be made in three languages: Telugu, Hindi and English. South actor Sudheer Babu has been roped in for the project. 


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The Dhyan Chand Biopic

Next on the list of Indian players sports biopic is the most influential field hockey player of all time, Dhyan Chand. The fans are still wondering why till date no one made a movie on India’s greatest hockey player. But the audience can cheer up now as the Biopic is in the pipeline.

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Can Varun Dhawan do justice to the Dhyan Chand Biopic? (Source)

An exciting fact is that former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni is set to produce the film. He has already bought the rights from filmmaker Karan Johar, who was supposed to produce the movie. The Dhyan Chand biopic will be directed by Rohit Vaid. Young heartthrob Varun Dhawan is set play the legendary hockey players role.

An enthusiastic Rohit Vaid revealed the number of years he has invested on his ambitious project. “It took me five years to do research on Dhyan Chand as nobody had a clue about him anymore and there’s hardly anything in his autobiography. We spoke to his son Ashok Dhyanchand and to many people in India and Pakistan. What we have now is very exciting.”

The release date is not confirmed yet.

Biopic of PV Sindhu

Looks like badminton players are the favorites of Bollywood filmmakers when it comes to Indian players sports biopic. Not only Gopichand and Saina Nehwal, but a P.V. Sindhu’s biopic is also in the pipeline.

Actor Sonu Sood who turned producer with a film called ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya’ is working on his next production. The movie he wants to make is based on the life of Olympics medalist PV Sindhu. Sonu wants to cast actress Deepika Padukone, daughter of famous former badminton player Prakash Padukone, in the lead role. Deepika before becoming an actor was a national level Badminton player, so essaying Sindhu won’t be a hard task for her.

“I would love to see Deepika playing the character of Sindhu in my film. She is a fine actress. We are still in scripting stage. If the part is offered to her and she likes the script and the director and has the time for it, she will surely give her nod,” Sonu said.

Other than these 7 Indian players sports biopic, audience will also see movies made on Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj, and the great PT Usha. ‘Flicker’ – the biopic on former Indian hockey team captain Sandeep Singh also releases this year.

The Indian filmmakers are also highlighting disabled athletes. Murlikant Petkar, who won a Paralympic Gold in 1972 and set a world record in the 50m freestyle will also be showcased. 

Chakda ’Xpress – Biopic of Jhulan Goswami

Chakda ‘Xpress is inspired by the journey of Jhulan Goswami. The movie traverses the life of Jhulan Goswami, who is one of the fastest (female) bowlers of all time. Jhulan Goswami and her journey with problems created by misogynistic politics are portrayed in the movie. She doesn’t back down and goes on to fulfill her dream of playing cricket for India.


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Vardan Pandhare
Vardan Pandhare
Vardhan is an author who loves creativity. He enjoys experimenting in various fields. After completing his graduation, he was sure about one thing! His love for sports. He is now living his dream of being creative with words in the field of sports. He has since then always brought the latest news and updates for all the sports fans.

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