Top Indian sports movies of the decade (part 1)

Sports movies inevitably find a way to inspire and motivate us and connect people through the common thread of the love for sports. There are so many spectacular movies, here is a list of the top Indian movies that have made a great mark for themselves and helped to give a more holistic view of the sporting ecosystem of the country.

Egaro: The Immortal Eleven (Directed by Arun Roy)

Director Arun Roy embarks on an amazing journey to revisit the historic 29th July, 1911 IFA Shield win by barefooted Mohun Bagan players over the East Yorkshire Regiment. For a debut venture, Roy deserves to be lauded for the gutsy choice of showcasing the spirit of the freedom struggle of the country through the emotional football match. The massive win, a first by any native team, resulted in a turnaround in the scheme of things and also helped boost the struggle for Independence.

Paan Singh Tomar (Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia)

Paan Singh Tomar saw Irrfan Khan playing the role of the Army man who won the steeplechase event 7 times in a row at the Indian National Games. Tomar, gifted in athletics but tormented by circumstances, resorts to being a dacoit and murdering some people for the sake of revenge. Opening to critical acclaim, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s movie was a sleeper hit that also had Nawauddin Siddiqui playing a main role as a police informer.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra)

A dramatic plot, power-packed performances, and perfect lightning pace – all of these stitch together in the biographical movie on Milkha Singh. Opening to an uproarious response, the Farhan Akhtar-spearheaded movie showcases the journey of Milkha Singh from being a normal army recruit to being the ‘Flying Sikh’ at the Olympics. Although the initial part of the film is set in the backdrop of the Indian Partition, it soon takes off to follow Singh as he becomes a legend of Indian athletics.