In Bollywood, sports-based films have never had too many takers. Over the years, only a few such movies, like Awwal Number (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Lagaan (2001) and Chak De! India (2007), have managed to hit the big screen. But the last few years have witnessed a shift, with films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB; 2013) and Mary Kom (MK; 2014) hitting the bull’s eye. In fact, 2016 will see a slew of sports-based stories on the big screen.
Salman Khan will be seen wrestling and trying out mixed martial arts in director Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan. Aamir Khan will play ex-wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in director Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, which is based on the struggles Phogat had to face to train his daughters in wrestling. Also, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life will be brought to the silver screen by Sushant Singh Rajput, in director Neeraj Pandey’s biopic on the ODI Indian skipper. On the other hand, R Madhavan stars in Saala Khadoos (SK), a sports drama revolving around boxing.