Looks like it’s the beginning of an era where sports biopics are a rage. In 2016, we saw many sports biopics that were highly appreciated by the audience. Whether it is Sushant Singh Rajput’s, M.S Dhoni – The Untold Story or Aamir Khan’s, Dangal, both the films were box-office hits and the stars have been winning accolades for their iconic performances in these movies.
But this trend doesn’t come to an end here. It is expected that we will get the opportunity to watch more stories of the legendary sportspersons who never got the recognition they deserved. Here are a list of sports biopics you can expect in 2017 and 2018
1. Sachin – A billion dreams
Starring the Master blaster of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar himself and joining him in this new venture, would be his son Arjun Tendulkar, the film is said to be based on the personal and professional life of Sachin Tendulkar and his journey to becoming one of the greatest cricketers in the world. The movie will focus on the undiscovered aspects of Sachin Tendulkar’s life. Directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka, Sachin – A billion dreams is slated to release on 14th April, 2017.
Directed by Aishwarya Rajnikanth Dhanush, this Tamil film is a sports biopic based on the story of Mariyappan Thangavelu, an Indian Paralympic high jumper who won a Gold medal in the T-42 category at the 2016, Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro. As a New Year gift, SRK released the first poster of the film. And what’s more intriguing is the tagline of the film that says, ‘The world may think you can’t, what you think is what matters.’
After a tremendous success for his film Airlift, Akshay Kumar is all set to win hearts with another film based on true events, but this time, the film is a sports biopic. Releasing in the year 2018, on Independence Day, Gold is based on the story of hockey player Balbir Singh, who was a part of the Indian Hockey Team in 1948, vice-captain in 1952 and became the Captain of the team in 1956. Under his captaincy, the team won three Gold Medals in a row at the Olympics but unfortunately, the man wasn’t given enough credit for his phenomenal role in the victory during the Olympics.
4. Biopic on Murlikant Petkar
An army man who later went on to become a sportsman, Petkar won a Gold medal in 1970 at the Commonwealth games and in 1972, he became a Paralympic Gold medallist in Germany. Petkar is an inspirational personality, who inspite of being physically disabled set a world record in the 50m freestyle swimming and also participated in javelin, precision javelin throw and slalom events. Sushant Singh Rajput who is being awarded for his iconic portrayal of M.S Dhoni, is all set to star in this biopic and he has also claimed in a statement that he’s extremely eager to work on this project.
5. Biopic on Gopichand
While PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal’s victory have already made them a star, we are yet to know who the face behind making these ladies champions is. Gopichand is said to be releasing this year, directed by Praveen Sattaru, the biopic will be made in three languages, Telugu, Hindi and English. Here’s the added bonus, apparently, Babu, Telugu actor, has been finalised for the role as he is also a badminton player and have been trained under Pullela Gopichand for a short duration.
6. Biopic on Dhyan Chand – Hockey Player
Based on the story of how Dhyan Chand achieved success during the British Raj in India for being one of the legendary hockey players of the world, this biopic is said to be produced by Karan Johar. There have been rumours of Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor being suggested to portray the legendary player but it has also been rumoured that Varun Dhawan will be playing the role of Dhyan Chand.
It’s great to see Indian Filmmakers working on sports biopics, which not only prove to be inspirational but also bring under the limelight, people who didn’t get the name and fame they deserved.