WEB DESK: Bollywood’s love for sports and particularly cricket is already very famous. Infact veteran actress Preity Zinta and mega star Shah Rukh Khan own franchises in IPL viz. Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Various sports based movies have been produced in B-town in the past like Lagaan, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal and Chak De. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that sports adds flavour to Bollywood.
Bollywood has also made sports biopics earlier like Bhaag Milka Bhaag and Mary Kom and they have done quite well at box office.
Now, it has gone a step further by bringing out biopics of renowned cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Mohd Azharuddin and M.S. Dhoni, all lined up for release soon.
Here we bring to you five upcoming sports biopics from Bollywood that you should watch out for:
Slated to hit screen on May 13, Azhar is an upcoming Indian biopic based on the life of the former Indian International cricketer, Muhammad Azharuddin, who was banned for life after a match fixing scandal in 2000.
Emraan Hashmi will essay the lead role (Azhar) where as actress Prachi Desai will play Azhar’s wife. It is true that dressing room politics and match fixing scandals in cricket have always been a subject of great curiosity among the audiences and this flick will give a platform to all this and more.
Salman Khan’s upcoming Sultan features the mega star as a 40-year-old wrestler Sultan Ali Khan from Indian state of Haryana who won the state championships three times.
Reportedly, the actor has gone through intensive training of wrestling and mixed martial arts for the film with action director Larnell Stovall. The upcoming thriller/action movie is all set to hit screen this Eid (July 6,2016). Actress Anushka Sharma will play Salman’s lead lady in the film.
Dangal has already become the talk of the town due to Aamir Khan’s drastic body transformation. Reportedly the actor has piled up around 30 kgs to fit into the character of a wrestler.
4.MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput will play the titular role of India’s most successful cricket captain. Scheduled to release on September 2,this film is speculated to be a block buster and is sure to run to jam packed houses across the border.
5.Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is another biopic in the making of India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and the most interesting part of this movie is that Sachin himself will play the lead role in the film. In other words, Sachin will be making his acting debut with his own biopic. The release date of this film is not yet announced.