Top Indian sports movies of the decade (part 2)

1983 (2014, Malayalam, directed by Abrid Shine)

The highly celebrated Abrid Shine movie is a family drama about cricket. It reproduces the glorious year when India achieved cricketing glory by following Rameshan (played by Nivin Pauly) along with his memories from 1983 when India’s national cricket team won its first World Cup under Kapil Dev. The movie of Abrid Shineopened to a roaring success as reverberating with cricket as the central theme and the director lets a simple charm exude from his debut production.

Mary Kom (2014, Hindi, directed by Omung Kumar)

As Priyanka Chopra donned the gloves to play the role of six-time World Champion and 2012 London Summer Olympic Games bronze medalist, Mary Kom, the response was overwhelming. The movie follows Mangte Chungeijang with her inspiring journey, struggling through the pressure of belonging to the marginalized Manipur state. Her struggles are wonderfully portrayed by Chopra and earned her a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Thanks to her powerful and emotionally poignant story, Mary Kom wins the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016, Hindi, directed by Neeraj Pandey)

M. S. Dhoni is arguably considered as the coolest captain that the Indian cricket team could have been gifted with. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story follows his magnetically powerful story. Through a series of obstacles that befell the highly successful Indian cricket captain’s way, both in his personal life and in his cricketing career, the film makes for a true tale of grit and passion that inspires us with every watch. Sushant Singh Rajput does an excellent job in portraying the role of the Ranchi lad nursing the dilemma of being a Train Ticket Examiner for his dad’s sake or chasing the dreams of letting his talent unfurl. The gripping and emotional movie instills in us the desire to dream and to chase them too.