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10 greatest sports films made in India

A look at some of the greatest Hindi movies with sports as its story-line.

During the course of the last few decades, Indian cinema has delivered quite a few passionate sports movies, with several leading heroes essaying athletic roles and finding appreciation come their way for their performances.

The latest to join the bandwagon is ‘Azhar’, based on the life and times of former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, that will release on Friday.

Here’s a look at 10 other sports films that will be in the minds of the fans.

Lagaan (2001)

Based on a story in the pre-independence era, Lagaan is a story of triumph-against-odds, when a group of villagers is required to play a cricket match against the Britishers. A victory would mean that the taxes of the whole province would be canceled for three years while a defeat would mean they will need to pay three times the taxes.

In a thrilling finish, Bhuvan, played a terrific Aamir Khan, smashes the ball high up in the air with six needed for a win and captain Russell, catches it and exclaims, only to find moments later that his feet had touched the boundary line on catching, meaning that the impossible had been achieved, sparking wild celebrations among the locals.

The movie was India’s official entry to the Oscars that year and is till date, is regarded as among the greatest movies made by an Indian filmmaker(Ashutosh Govarikar).

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