As the name suggests, the Akshay Kumar starrer Gold has struck gold at the box office, minting over 94 crores so far as well as garnering praise from critics all over. The film talked about the journey of Tapan Das, played by Akshay Kumar, to bring glory to Independent India with its first ever Gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics. The story is inspiring due to the trying circumstances that Tapan had to go through personally as well as the adversity post-independence. There are many sports drama like Gold that has managed to create an impression over the cine-goers. Keeping that in mind, we have got up close and personal with some of those. Take a look.
MS Dhoni – The Untold Story
Perhaps one of the best tribute to a larger than life sports personality, the Neeraj Pandey-directed 2016 film saw different stages of MS Dhoni without any dull moment. Sushant Singh Rajput, took the character by the scruff of its neck. Call it the accent or the style, he looked Dhoni in every frame of the film. The film showed how Dhoni gave away his job in Railways to fulfill his ambition of playing cricket for the country. Anyone in his place might have gone the other way round. But champions think differently and so was portrayed perfectly in the movie, which was a commercial and critical success.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
One of the wonderfully crafted movies showing the struggles of a man who rose from the lowest ebb to top with immaculate precision, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one movie you would like to watch again and again. The movie showed how Milkha Singh, played by Farhan Akhtar, had to wage the personal trauma of losing his family in the sudden turn of events post Independence and the struggles afterward to become the top athlete of the country with bags full of medals. The film is a testament to the popular saying – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The movie garnered praise from several quarters, with both audience and critics loving every bit of this sports drama.
Chak De India
Released in 2007, the fictional take on the victory of the National Women’s hockey team in the 2002 Commonwealth Games saw different shades of the female players from feminism and sexism to infighting amongst them and combining together to win it for India in the mega event. The Shimit Amin-directed Yash Raj Films’ venture saw how a determined coach, played by the Superstar Shahrukh Khan, brought that competitive spirit within the team to bring laurels for the country. The movie turned out to be a blockbuster and ranks among SRK’s best movies in his journey that has so far seen more than 25 years in the tinsel town.
The 2014 Omung Kumar-directed Mary Kom was played to its best by the supremely talented Priyanka Chopra. She played as if she was made to portray a woman who had to fight the financial troubles and her parents’ resistance to join sports to win the 2008 World Boxing Championship. Although the critical acclaim was evident, the commercial success with more than 100 crores was something of a surprise.
(Guest Writer: Vicky)
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