10 Untold Stories of India that Bollywood Should Cover Next

I am sure the number of people who cheered for Geeta and Babita Phogat while they won medals at the Commonwealth Games could be equal to the number of extras used in Dangal, the movie that showcased their achievements. As ironic as it may seem but such is the power of Bollywood – more than a century-old industry that has the means to create ‘national heroes’. And in the age of social media, the reach is ‘infinity’! So, why not use the power to spread awareness of the innumerable inspiring stories of India which are still untold?

Here’s our wishlist (:

1. India’s First Ever Women’s Cricket Team

The Indian women’s cricket team made its test debut more than four decades ago! Their story needs to be told. While we are all celebrating the biopics on the Dhonis, and the Tendulkars, even they need their time of glory, don’t you think?

Indias First Womens Cricket Team
Source: Scoopnest

Maybe we should pitch this to Mr. Gowarikar, yes?

2. Kalpana Chawla – India’s First Woman in Space

Kalpana Chawla Movie
Source: Alchetron

Shekhar Kapur was supposed to direct a science-fiction movie titled, Time Machine, which got shelved for reasons unknown: maybe this subject might interest him.

3. Indian Kabbadi Team

Indian Mens Kabaddi Team
Source: Sporstkeeda

As of 2017, there have been seven Kabbadi World Cups and Team India has won all of them! Yes, if this isn’t inspirational enough, what is?

4. Narayan Murthy and Sudha Murthy

If there’s any success story that needs to be told, this is it. From six professionals in 1981 to one of the largest Indian IT services company today, the world needs to know the beginning of Infosys.

Narayana Murthy Wife
Source: NDTV

Rajkumar Hirani, after the Dutt biopic, maybe this is what the audience should be treated with!

5. Indian Ice Hockey

The history of India’s Ice Hockey dates back to more than 100 years: at that time Ice Hockey was a favorite pastime for the British.

Indian women Ice Hockey Team
Source: IndianExpress

In March 2017, the Women’s Ice Hockey Team created history by winning their first international match – the team was backed-up by crowd-funding! I want to hear their story!

6. Mangalyaan – The Mars Orbiter Mission

We are all proud of this feat, aren’t we? Being the first nation in the world to complete the interplanetary Mars mission in its first attempt, the struggles and efforts the Indian scientists deserve to be showcased.

Movie On Mangalyaan
Source: IndianExpress

7. Amol Mazumdar

“Yeh kaun hai?” – yes, that’s exactly why this movie would make sense. One of the finest and talented Indian cricketers of the 90s, Amol Mazumdar was vouched to be the next Tendulkar. The vice-captain of the Indian U-19 cricket team at that time, Amol had an exceptional first-class career.

Amol Mazumdar
Sachin Tendulkar (r) with Amol Mazumdar (l). Image Source: Sportskeeda

However, for some strange reasons, the man never got selected to play for India. I am already thinking Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Mazumdar, who’s your choice?

8. Dhyan Chand

Considered as one of the greatest field hockey players of all time, Dhyan Chand won three Olympic Medals. His extraordinary skills resulted in him scoring more than 400 goals.

Dhyan Chand Movie

This man needs to be celebrated just as Dhoni and Tendulkar is!

9. E. Sreedharan

E Sreedharan Metro Man
Source: Topyaps

Another ‘Who is this guy?’ of our list, E. Sreedharan is known as the ‘Metro Man’ and has changed in the face of public transport in India. The chief engineer for India’s first metro rail project – Kolkata Metro Project, was also the Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

10. Bachendri Pal

Bachendri Pal

For many of us, when we are climbing towards the age of 30, the quarter-life crisis is at its peak. Right?However, the same can’t be said about Bachendri Pal, who at the age of 30 became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She accomplished this feat in 1984.

Maybe Devgn should consider making Shivaay 2.0!

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Rohan Ahershinge

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