Cricket in India is not a sport but a religion. Millions of people have faith in this. Here the craze for cricket is seen from children to old age. Perhaps this is the reason why there is no town, street, caste or religion in the country, where there is no interest in cricket. This is the reason why many great Bollywood movies have been made on the basis of the game of cricket, in which there have been many superhits. In the next time many films will also be released, which have been made keeping cricket at the center. Among them, the Bollywood film ‘Us’ Ranveer Singh ’83’ is the most discussed. The film is based on the 1983 Cricket World Cup, in which the Indian team won the trophy and won. Ranveer will play the role of former cricket captain Kapil Dev. The film opens on December 24.
Aside from this, actor Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film ‘Jersey’ and Rajkumar’s film ‘Mr. And Mrs. Mahi ‘(Mr. and Mrs. Mahi) is also based on the game of cricket. Today the trailer for the movie Jersey was released, in which Shahid plays the role of a cricketer. This film is a Hindi remake of the Telugu film ‘Jersey’ released in the year 2019, in which the Superstar from the South, Nani, has played the lead role. It will be released in theaters on December 31. With this, a new film has recently been announced that is being made under Karan Johar’s Dharma Production banner, which is based on cricket. It stars Rajkummar Rao and Jhanvi Kapoor in the lead roles. Director Sharan Sharma, who directed the film Gunjan Saxena, is its director. This film will be released in theaters on October 7 next year.
Let us know what the box office performance of cricket-based movies has been like …
1. Movie- Lagaan
Box Office Collection – Rs 66 crore
Starcast: Aamir Khan, Gracie Singh, Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne
Director- Ashutosh Gowariker
The movie ‘Lagaan’ released on June 15, 2001 is an epic sports drama film. It was well received by critics and the public. The entire history of Lagaan is based on a cricket match. In this, to avoid taxes in slave India, the townspeople play matches with the British. Aamir Khan played the role of Bhuvan, a simple villager who first understands the nuances of the game and then teaches it to his team. He is the star hitter on his team. Win the match without help from anyone. Apart from Bhuvan, another character in this film was also very famous, Garbage (Aditya Lakhia), who due to his disability throws bowls and takes a hat-trick. The film was filmed in Bhuj, Gujarat, to represent the town of the 1890s. The film was selected for the Oscar.
2. Movie- Iqbal
Box Office Collection – Rs 6 crore
Starcast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shreyas Talpade, Girish Karnad, Yatin Karyekar, Pratiksha Lonkar, and Shweta Basu Prasad
Director- Nagesh Kukunoor
The movie ‘Iqbal’ released in 2005 is based on cricket. The film is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Shreyas Talpade plays the role of Iqbal in this film. He played the character of a boy who is silly but likes to play cricket, especially becoming a bowler. Naseeruddin Shah helps Iqbal fulfill his dream. Naseeruddin is shown as a former cricketer in this movie. Kapil Dev appeared in a cameo in the film. The film had grossed around 6 million rupees at the box office, while its total cost was 1.25 million rupees.
3. Movie: MS Dhoni (MS Dhoni: The Untold Story)
Box Office Collection – Rs 216 crore
Starcast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Anupam Kher, Kumud Mishra, Bhumika Chawla, and Rajesh Sharma
Director- Neeraj Pandey
The film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, released in 2016, has been directed by Neeraj Pandey. This film is a biographical film based on the life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in which the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput played the character of Mahi. Dhoni begins to appear from the first frame of the film. If there was a famous star in place of Sushant, it would have been difficult to see him as Dhoni. Sushant justified his selection and made the best performance of his career. In body language, he copied Dhoni exactly. While playing cricket, he appeared as a cricketer. His performance in emotional and dramatic scenes is also worth watching.
4. Movie: Azhar
Box Office Collection – Rs 53 crore
Starcast: Emraan Hashmi, Lara Dutta, Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, Kunal Roy Kapur
Director- Tony D’Souza
The movie ‘Azhar’ released in 2016 is based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. Azharuddin was known as Azhar in the cricket world. Azhar’s personal life and cricket career were featured in the film, in which he faced serious charges such as gambling. For this reason, he had said goodbye to cricket during the bad stage of his career. Azhar was known for his brilliant hitting. He was also a prolific fielder, with a test batting average of 45.03. He divorced his first wife Naureen in 1996 to marry actress Sangeeta Bijlani. In the film, Emraan Hashmi played the role of Mohammad Azharuddin, Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, and Prachi Desai as his first wife Naureen. The film grossed around Rs 53 crore at the box office, while its budget was Rs 35 crore. In this way, the movie made a profit.
5. Cinema: Marriage of love
Starcast- Devanand and Mala Sinha
Director- Subodh Mukherjee
Dev Anand played the role of a cricketer in the 1959 movie Love Marriage. In the movie, love begins between Dev Anand and Mala Sinha due to cricket. The movie also begins with a cricket match. Sunil Kumar (Dev Anand) is a star cricketer in his hometown of Jhansi and lives with his brother’s family. After a few days, he moves to Mumbai due to his job. There he begins to live in a rented house. His landlord’s daughter, Geeta (Mala Sinha), initially dislikes Sunil, but falls in love after watching him play cricket. They are getting married soon. After this, there are a lot of twists in the movie. Love Marriage is directed by Subodh Mukherjee. Love Marriage is considered the first film based on cricket.