Top 3 Biopics based on the lives of renowned Indian athletes

Jeremy Caroll

Biopics have been the season’s rage. Many biopics have been produced in Bollywood in recent years, and a few future biopics, such as Sanju, Soorma, and Gold, have piqued the interest of audiences. While the most of these attempts at reproducing a person’s life narrative have been economically successful, what attracted our attention is that the majority of the biopics are based on the lives of sports figures. In India, there are several excellent instances of individuals who have made a name for themselves in their particular sports. Amazing personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, and Milkha Singh, to mention a few, have pushed beyond their own limitations and circumstances to achieve something not just for themselves, but also for the nation. These people’s tales are so amazing that it’s no surprise that Bollywood has taken the effort to educate the public on what went into the development of these legends. We’ve produced a list of some of Bollywood’s most fantastic biopics based on sports stars. Not all of these films were the best portrayals of their heroes’ lives, but each one had one standout feature that made it worth seeing.

M.S Dhoni : The Untold Story

In this biopic, Sushant Singh Rajput looks just like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The actor has channelled every facet of the renowned cricketer with amazing impact, whether it’s his body language, cricketing strokes, or his customary simplicity. We also observed an exceptional use of CGI in this picture. The film recreated several memorable moments from Dhoni’s career, such as winning the T20 World Cup and the ODI World Cup. While the original video was used in the film, Sushant’s visage was used instead of Dhoni’s. The scenes are so realistic that if we hadn’t watched the original version with Dhoni in it, we wouldn’t know if someone’s face had been replaced. The walk seemed to be the most accurate aspect of his portrayal. Sushant practised for hours in the net, not just to improve his cricketing skills, but also to imitate Dhoni’s body language in the middle of the field. If you’ve ever watched Dhoni bat, you’ll note that he has a distinct batting style and technique. Some could even describe it as strange, but no one can dispute that it has worked for him. So, in addition to the visuals, Sushant Singh Rajput had to imitate the way Dhoni takes his position when batting, the way he cuts, the way he drives, and so on. He also talked about it in an interview with a big publication. “It wasn’t tough (to depict Dhoni in the film) because of the expectations of the viewers,” he said. We must convince ourselves that we are the characters as actors. Because I had a strong visual reference of him, it was a tremendous endeavour for me; I was completely immersed in the image. On the first day of filming, I didn’t pretend to be Dhoni; I was Dhoni. I had that helicopter shot by the end of the first day. After the shot, I realised I was in excruciating pain; I had a hairline fracture and was on a two-week leave. “I can now do helicopter shots properly.”

Mary Kom

Another movie that benefitted greatly from the efforts of its lead – Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom was a Priyanka Chopra show all the way. Her physical efforts in studying boxing and bulking up were astounding, but the grace and control with which she delivered her performance was even more so. She portrayed both a mother and a fighter in the film. Only because PC was in excellent form in this film did the varied tones of her performance feel so real. The filmmaker, Omung Kumar, believes that Priyanka Chopra was his first and only choice for the biopic.”You can count the girls who can actually perform on your fingers in our industry,” he said in an interview with a major newspaper. Yes, other names were offered, but I was really looking for her. Priyanka was first sceptical as well. She liked the script, but she called and said, ‘Do you think I can do this?’ while I was driving home after the narration. I replied that you, and no one else, are the only ones who can do it.” Priyanka was the only one who could help.”

“Yes, a lot of people have been asking why I didn’t cast a North Eastern female that looked like Mary Kom,” he remarked. What does it matter if Priyanka isn’t a Manipuri? I’m not only referring to a Manipuri person. I’m talking about an Indian girl who is a role model for many people. You won’t miss it if you watch the movie. Also, if Ben Kingsley can play Gandhi, why can’t Priyanka Chopra play Mary Kom?”

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

When it comes to physical changes, no other actor has outperformed Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Farhan’s general athletic look seemed to be a fantastic reflection of the true Milkha Singh, despite the muscles he put on for this performance. The running sequences in particular were fantastic. Both director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan worked hard to make Bhaag Milkha Bhaag one of Bollywood’s best sports biopics. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra paid Milkha Singh one penny for the rights to his biopic. He turned down the eight-figure offer because he believed that if Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, like Rang De Basanti, became a hit, it would encourage our young people and result in India’s first Olympic track gold, which was enough of a prize for him. In an interview with a top newspaper, he stated that he was unconcerned about the money since the film may encourage the country to win a gold medal in track events again. He said, “This is the year of the Commonwealth Games.” I’m sad to report that India is yet to win a gold medal in track events 52 years after I won one at the Cardiff Games. I want Indian children to understand the importance of commitment and purpose. Why can’t people who have been given the best of everything aspire for the stars if a Milkha, who lacked even the most basic necessities of life,”

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