National Sports Day: From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to Dangal, Bollywood's memorable sports films

FP Staff

Aug,29 2017 10:30 24 IST

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Hailed by many as the first sports film of India, Mansoor Ali Khan's 1992 directorial Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar featured intense cycling races pitting Aamir Khan against Deepak Tijori

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While Ashutosh Gowariker's historical sports drama Lagaan preceded it by four years, Nagesh Kukunoor's 2005 film Iqbal will be remembered for its deaf and mute protagonist's cricket aspirations

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Siddharth Anand's 2005 film Ta Ra Rum Pum saw its lead character, played by Saif Ali Khan, as a car racer

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Shimit Amin redefined sports drama by incorporating technical nuances of hockey in his 2007 ensemble Chak De! India, starring Shah Rukh Khan as the national women's team coach

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Vivek Agnihotri's 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, starring John Abraham, boasted of the air of a European professional football league

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Farhan Akhtar won accolades for translating "The Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh's life onto the big screen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2013 sports biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Priyanka Chopra brought to fore professional boxer MC Mary Kom's struggle in Omung Kumar's 2014 film Mary Kom

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Aamir Khan marked record-breaking success, not only in India but also in China, through his wrestling drama Dangal, based on the life of Mahavir Phogat, in 2016