3 Bollywood Movies That Gave Sports Stars The Fame They Deserved
Filmmakers can be inspired by anything and everything. Be it a random conversation with a girl in a bus (the character of Geet essayed by Kareena Kapoor Khan in Jab We Met was inspired by a girl whom Imtiaz Ali spoke to while traveling in a bus) or a novel – filmmakers always find a unique way to manifest their ideas to silver-screen. Sports has been an inspiration for many, and Bollywood has churned out several biopics on sports persons. And more often than not, these sports persons are only introduced to the world by the movie and not the sport itself!
A movie that was vouched by industry stalwarts to be one of the best movies of Indian cinema, Dangal broke all the box office records after its release. Based on the story of the wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat, the movie raked in crores of rupees at the box office. However, not many knew Geeta Phogot, who is India’s first woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games, and Babita Phogot, who won the silver. An avid sports fan would certainly disagree with me but their popularity grew leaps and bounds after the movie was announced.
From an athlete to a dacoit, the story of Paan Singh Tomar was exceptionally showcased by Tigmanshu Dhulia in the movie titled by the same name. An Indian athlete, Paan Singh Tomar was a seven-time national steeplechase champion and represented India at the Asian Games in 1958. Irrfan Khan essayed the character of Paan Singh Tomar in the movie and the film went on to become one of the most successful films of (2012)
The boxing sensation Mary Kom has achieved great success and has represented India at international level winning the World Amateur Boxing title five times and the first woman to win a medal at each one of the six world championships. The Olympic medalist, however, gained a wider recognition in the country through the movie Mary Kom, wherein Priyanka Chopra essayed her role.
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