B-town is bring 2016 with a bang, especially with sports bio-pics!
Sports personalities have become a huge source of inspiration for filmmakers who are game to make films based on them. History has given birth to many heroes across the globe, and most definitely in the sports field. There are so many untold stories about these heroic icons, they have brought real meaning to ‘determination’ and ‘power’.
Coming to India, Jesse Owens’ the much awaited biopic Race released on March 11. World record breaking Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens has been a timeless global icon. Till this date when fame is fleeting, the four-time gold medal winner’s victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics still resonates. His performance at the Games was a shining moment that lit up the world. 80 years later, Owens remains one of a handful of Olympic heroes whose name and image are an indelible part of our cultural heritage.
Race starring rising star Stephen James is 2016’s landmark biographical sports drama film based on an incredible true story of Jesse Owens’.
But it doesn’t end here! Here is the lowdown for other such movies that are making a cut with promising story lines.
The film stars Aamir Khan portraying the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Geeta was India’s first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the fold medal, while her sister Babita won the silver. The film portrays an emotional journey and the equations between the family.
2. M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story
One of the much awaited biopics of the year. This film is based on the captain cool of the Indian cricket team Mehndra Singh Dhoni. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen playing Dhoni on-screen.
In-fact check out the first look!
3. Murlikant Petkar
Another biopic role played by Sushant Singh Rajput. He will be portrayed on Paralympic Gold Medalist Murlikant Petkar who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1970, and Paralympics in Germany 1972. The army man turned into sportsman Petkar set a world record in the 50m freestyle swimming and at the same games, participated in javelin.
Karan Johar who declared that he is making a biopic on Indian hockey legend Dhayan Chand October 2014, but nothing was announced post that time. The hockey player was a three-time Olympic gold medal winner, and was widely popular as ‘The Wizard’ due to his control on the ball.
While India has much enjoyed biopic films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, and most recently Neerja— I think we are all very excited to see many more biopics this year.