Bollywood creators are now tempted by sports dramas. Movies continually come in fiction and biopic form. Most films are also commercially successful. In this episode, after the masterpiece Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the couple of Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra come with Toofan – Story of a Boxer. It will launch on Amazon Prime on July 16. Even before the storm, many sports movies have followed one after another. Today, the interest of filmmakers in sports dramas is no accident. This trend has been flourishing for the past two decades.
Bollywood sporadically made movies with sports sequences in many movies. For some, the main theme was sports. But it was only occasionally. There was no sequence. From the protagonist of Dilip Kumar Naya Daur (1957) to Awal Number (1990) by Aamir Khan, it has been part of sports films. But initially the films that were made in the name of pure sports drama turned out to be failures due to deviation from the theme. Bollywood had been serious about sports after 1983. In reality, India won the Cricket World Cup and the country was in a different frame of mind. Especially the youth. Producers began to see money in sports-based stories. But he did not know the correct way or formula to get cash.
Boxer, star of Mithun Chakraborty in 1984, Kumar Gaurav and Rati Agnihotri’s all-rounder in the same year was an attempt to capitalize on the atmosphere created after the World Cup. Unfortunately, both films flopped badly. Because it couldn’t be turned into a sports drama or a romantic action movie. The industry tried several times to capitalize on the new trend of making action and romance films, but failed to adequately assess the audience’s need for a different subject. If I’m not mistaken, for six years after these two movies, no producer risked making a sports movie. However, in so many years after the World Cup victory, a different kind of tide had risen in the country towards sports, especially cricket. A large crowd began to like the games. Our new stars were born in the game. In the 1990s, players like PT Usha, Dhanraj Pillai, Leander Paes and Viswanathan Anand had gained a lot of fame besides cricket.
After six years in the confusion of this rising tide towards the game and the players, Dev Anand achieved the highest number with newcomer Aamir Khan. The movie turned out to be normal in a cocktail of romance and action with cricket. The same mistake that was made in boxers and off-road was seen. Those who have seen Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Lagaan or Chak De India with a boxer number can easily understand the choice of theme and the side effects of the spice it contains. For the first time, the creators of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar realized the mistake of the Bollywood creators regarding sports films.
The 1992 sports masterpiece ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ can rightly be called Bollywood’s first pure sports drama. Although there is also an undertone of rich poverty, romance, revenge and action here, the soul of the film is nowhere to be seen under its burden. The main theme of the film’s story is the Intercollegiate Cycling Championship. Aamir Khan played the main role. The film became a huge hit with young people. Another issue is that this film also failed to establish any formula when it comes to sport. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar failed to become the starting point of the sports drama in Bollywood, despite its tremendous success due to the negligence of the producers.
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The credit goes to Lagaan (2001), Iqbal (2005) and Chak De India (2007) who changed the Bollywood mindset and set a trend. Ashutosh Gowariker kept walking with the story. No producer was willing to invest money. Aamir liked the story but didn’t do it because of the budget. Eventually he took over as producer and Bollywood landed a blockbuster sports classic in the form of Lagaan. Naseeruddin Shah and Iqbal of Shreyas Talpade also kept the faith alive. And the immense success of Shahrukh Khan’s Chak De India dazzled the producers.
After Chak De India, only one cycle began. Chain Khuli Ki Main Khuli (2007), Paan Singh Tomar by Irrfan Khan (2010), Patiala House by Akshay Kumar (2011), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Farhan (2013), Kai Po Che (2013) and Mary Kom by Priyanka Chopra ( 2014)) Adi kept the confidence of entertainment and income. A new audience had been created that liked sports movie stories. Then came the story of Sushant Singh Rajput MS Dhoni The Untold Story (2016) which made the subject of sports the most important thing in Bollywood. Dozens of films such as Sultan, Dangal, Saala Khadoos (2016), Mukkabaaz (2017), Kabaddi (2018), Soorma (2018), Gold (2018), Jeet Lo Marathon (2018), Chhichhore (2019) are part of this episode . . This series has not stopped. continues continuously. Now Bollywood has the formula for the fictional and biopic sports drama. The pulse of the audience is known.
Why did sports drama become a trend?
In fact, after the year 2000, the content of movies seems to be changing. The content of the movies changed because a new youth audience segment was created alongside the traditional audience. Not only did a new audience arrive, but filmmakers, writers, and other creative folks also came among them. After the year 2000, many experiments are seen in Bollywood. Sports were a new topic for the romantic audience and action viewer. And by coincidence, good stories kept coming on the subject. Sports fiction and biographical stories inspired thousands of people. Most of the movies that have come out in the last 20 years have been incredible. Due to the grip at the box office, the confidence of the producers increased and more films were made.
In fact, these are also family movies by law. All the parents took their children to see them. In fact, this USP of watching movies with family and kids created the trend for sports movies. This trend will continue as there are still many sports movies in the queue.