Top Indian sports movies of the decade (part 3)

Kanaa (directed by Arunraja Kamaraj)

More than just a sports film, Kanaa also shines the importance of farming adn the spotlight on the life of a farmer. This is what really makes it to become overindulgent and get into sermonizing mode. It tells the story of a farmer’s daughter dreaming of winning the Cricket World Cup. With the support of her father, she has to come over a lot of challenges to pursue her dream.

Dangal (directed by Nitesh Tiwari)

Dangal follows Mahavir Singh Phogat, who continues to break social stigmas in order to train his girls, the Phogat sisters, for the Commonwealth Games. Using the backdrop of sports and the politics attached to it, the film discusses important social issues. This film inspires with its sheer power of performance and will make you feel patriotic by the end of it.

Jersey (directed by Goutham Tinnannuri)

Jersey tells the story of Arjun who is a 36-year-old, ex-Ranji best batsman with career failing to take off. Undeterred by his failure, Arjun becomes optimistic and starts to make it to the Indian cricket team irrespective of his age. The movie is a beautifully told tale showing Arjun delivering the best performance of his career with ease. If he is good as the cocky batsman who knows he is a cricket talent, he is doubly good as the man who has beaten continuously by life but never gives up. Cricket is shot in a special way in the movie as are the relationships between father and son, which makes Jersey a must-watch movie.

Mukkabbaaz (directed by Anurag Kashyap)

Mukkabbaaz sets out on the journey of an underdog who fights against the corrupt system and societal pressure for his boxing passion and dreams. The film tells the story of a boxer falling in love with a Brahmin girl. Things change when he lands a punch to Bhagwan Das – the head of the boxing federation and politician-gangster.