Last Friday, Sachin: A Billion Dreams released on the boxoffice and earned Rs 32.25 crore within four days. With movies such as MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar, Azhar, Dangal, Chak De India and Mary Kom among others bringing the lives of legendary Indian sportspersons on the silver screen, sports biopics have become the flavour of the season.
Sportspersons have become a huge source of inspiration for movie directors who want to cash in on their popularity by telling the stories of their hard work, grit and determination on the silver screen.
Here are other Indian movies which would attract sports lovers in large numbers to the theatres.
Biopic on Saina Nehwal
'Saina' featuring Shraddha Kapoor as Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal is directed by Amole Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar. The release date of the movie is not yet known.
Biopic on Balbir Singh Dosanjh
Akshay Kumar will play Balbir Singh Dosanjh, a three-time Olympian on the screen. Dosanjh was part of the hockey team in three Olympics- London (1948), Helsinki Olympic in 1952 and Melbourne Olympic in 1956. He was captain of the team at Melbourne Olympics. The team won gold medals in these three Olympics. The movie will be titled 'Gold.'
Biopic on Dhyan Chand
Biopic on Murlikant Petkar
Murlikant Petkar was a private jawan of the craftsman rank in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) in the Indian Army. He was injured during the 1965 war with Pakistan. Petnekar became disabled due to severe bullet injuries. He won a Paralympic gold medal in 1972, set a world record in the 50m freestyle swimming and also participated in the javelin, precision javelin throw and slalom events. Sushant Singh Rajput will play Petkar on the screen.
Biopic on PV Sindhu
World number 3 badminton player PV Sindhu who last year won a silver medal at the Olympics will most likely be played by Deepika Padukone on the silver screen. Actor-turned-producer Sonu Sood will make the Sindhu biopic.
Biopic on Mariyappan Thangavelu
The biopic on Mariyappan Thangavelu, the Indian Paralympic high jumper who won gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games will now be made into a movie by Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush. The movie titled 'Mariyappan' is set to be released in 2017. At the Rio Paralympics, he won the high-jump gold, clearing 6 feet 2 inches. He was awarded the Padma Shri in January 2017.