The Rushmore 3 – Hindi (Bollywood) movies on Sports

And no, we won’t go all Awwal Number here, I promise. Or rather, I would not go all Awwal Number on you yet ….

So here’s the list:

Iqbal. Chak De! India. Lagaan. Saaheb.

Iqbal – is like a postcard from a faraway land. A beautiful, magical movie. And indeed, if Zaheer can, if Irfan Can, then Iqbal Khan. Heartwarming, joyous. This is Kukunoor’s zenith.

Chak De! India – The mother of all feel-good movies. And the mother of most Bollywood masala movies. And done without any sleaze or soap. Just taut, sharp storytelling. Shahrukh, in one of his best performances, is in his elements here; and the girls are excellent.

Lagaan: Once upon a time in India – If Shahrukh can, how can Aamir not? Chop an hour off the movie, chop two songs off, and this would be in everyone’s top three Bollywood movies of all time. Even as-is, it still is a super, super movie. I remember, in a movie hall in Bangalore a long long time back, half the hall was standing up an screaming ‘Maar Kachra, maar!’. That’s the magic of movies. That’s the magic of cricket.

Saaheb – Old-world Anil Kapoor movie about a footballer (a goalkeeper. How can you make a tragic movie on football with the protagonist being anything but a goalkeeper?) Beautiful songs (some standardfare Amrita Singh song-and-dance routines notwithstanding)… Kya khabar kya pata, one of Kishore Kumar’s best songs, if from this movie. And emotes well all through. However, like in all of her movies, Raakhi speaks in bangla for all her dialogues in this one as well.

What’s your list?

ps: idea inspired from an old facebook status message of Ayan’s.


3 thoughts on “The Rushmore 3 – Hindi (Bollywood) movies on Sports

  1. Agree with the first three name on the list but I remember watching Saheb and waiting for some sporting action to happen. Don’t think it should even qualify as a sports movie.

    Other than that, I don’t know if you have heard of the movie ” Hip Hip Hurray”, which starred Raj Kiran and was based on how the new coach at a boarding school turns around the hopeless football side. A Prakash Jha movie. I would place that at number 4.

    Have you seen Rani Mukherjee’s “Dil Bole Hadippa”. It has ensured that you cannot make Awwal Number jokes any more.

    I have often wondered why we have so few sports movies when there is no shortage of material – real life stories which can inspire people like Kukunoor to make more sports movies. There are so many of them in Hollywood. And Chak De proved that other sports can sell if the story is good and the movie is well made. Or even some good documentaries. I would love to see the story of Salim told on TV or stories of our greatest footballing triumphs.

  2. And by the way, I am delighted to find a “sports” blog, and a real good one at that – one which makes you want to comment on every post. Will start to go over the older posts slowly.

    I want to add this to my blog roll. Is it okay if I just call it Sporting Thoughts

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