Here is a list of Bollywood movies based on cricket stories. Cricket is considered a religion in our country, and it holds a special place in the hearts of all Indians. There have been a number of Hindi films made about cricket that have been well received by the public.
Here, we are sharing a list of the best Bollywood movies that are based on cricket.
Without a doubt, Lagaan is the gold standard for cricket-related films. It’s essentially a mash-up of cricket and patriotism. The story is set during the British period, when high taxes were levied on poor Indians, and revolves around a small village where people live in difficult conditions.
To avoid paying taxes, an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket. Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) accepts the challenge and begins preparing the villagers for the game. The game heats up, and the Villagers need a six in the final ball to win. Bhuvan is on strike, and he finally hits the ball hard enough to get it out of the ground, winning the game.
One of the best Bollywood cricket movies is Iqbal, which also has a positive message for our society. Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade), a young cricketer who is deaf and dumb and aspires to play for India, has financial difficulties and a father who disapproves of the sport. However, with the help of an ex-player (Naseeruddin Shah), he is able to fulfill his ambition.
3- Sachin: A Billion Dreams
James Erskine is the director of Sachin: A Billion Dreams documentary about India’s best cricketer. This movie became a great hit both in India and abroad thanks to his many followers. The first documentary to make money at the box office was about Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, popularly known as the God of Cricket for setting unbreakable records during his international career.
4- M.S. Dhoni-The Untold Story
This is a biographical film based on Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life. The struggles this young man from a rural town had to overcome in order to join Team India are shown in the movie.
5- Shabaash Mithu
This is how Shabaash Mithu can make you feel a cricketing journey. In his Mithali Raj biography, Taapsee Pannu carries the movie entirely on her own, with little to no traditional “male hero” presence. Shabaash Mithu, directed by Srijit Mukerji, combines all the traditional flavors necessary to make a delicious stew.
Kabir Khan, best known for Salman Khan’s blockbusters Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ek Tha Tiger, directed this sports biographical drama starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Hardy Sandhu, Tahir Bhasin, Saquib Saleem, and others. As portrayed by Ranveer Singh’s characters, this is the epic story of India’s first World Cup victory under Kapil Dev’s captaincy.
Azhar, another biography of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, set a new standard for cricket-related Bollywood films. The movie depicts the period in 1999 when the Indian Cricket Board was rocked by the maximum fixing scandal, which led to Azhar’s judicial ban.
As many former and present cricketers such as Allan Border, Tony Greig, Mohinder Amarnath, Mike Hussey, Smith, and many others are included in this film, which is the only one to feature cricket. Vijay Shekhawat (Harman Baweja) is given the opportunity to represent India but loses his spot on the team due to his erratic behavior. Later, after putting in a lot of effort, he returns to his home and wins matches for the nation.
9- Kai Po Che
Late Sushant Singh Rajput’s initial movie, Kai Po Che, demonstrated his talent as both an actor and a cricketer. He later produced the MS Dhoni biopic film in 2016. Abhishek Kapoor Rajkummar Rao, Amit Sadh, and Sushant play major parts in the film, which is directed and centers on three friends who run a cricket academy.
10- Dil Bole Hadipaa
Dil Bole Hadipaa is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of Cricket. Veera Kaur (Rani Mukherjee) is an aspiring Cricketer and wants to become a champion cricketer. Rohan (Shahid Kapoor) conducts a trial session for the selection and Veera got selected but the rest is a disaster as Veera has to play dual characters. Lots of mess up in the middle but ends in a smoother way.
Jannat is connected with cricket gambling. Arjun (Emraan Hashmi) is a small cricket gambler who invests his money in betting and rises to enormous heights and becomes wealthy, but he is soon apprehended by the police and must choose between his illegal profession and his lady love Zoya (Sonal Chauhan).
12- Chain Khuli Ki Main Kulii
Another well-liked cricket movie, Karan (Zain Khan) is a 13-year-old cricket aficionado and admirer of Kapil Dev’s 175 not-out in the 1983 World Cup. He was fortunate to obtain Kapil’s bat, which helped him turn around his fortunes and become the nation’s youngest cricketer to play. However, things eventually turn ugly when his bat disappears just before the decisive match. The drama in the movie is quite intense.
13- Say Salaam India
A realistic film about school cricket is Say Salaam India. The main focus of the movie is a cricket match between Royal Heritage School and Adarsh Vidya Mandir.
14- World Cup 2011
The main character of the movie is Indian team captain Ravi (Ravi Kapoor), who is accused of fixing to take money from a bookmaker in order to lose the 2007 World Cup Final versus Pakistan. Ravi and the rest of the team are kicked off the field for a four-year period. Their loved ones, including their family and friends, criticize them. Before the selection committee brought back the team for the 2011 World Cup on Ravi’s urging, they had almost lost everything. They finally succeeded and returned the honor.
15- Awwal Number
Another cricket movie by Dev Anand, this time in the role of director, is Awwal Number. He also has a significant role in the movie, which centers on the inclusion of rising cricket star Sunny (Aamir Khan) in place of another well-known player named Ronny (Aditya Pancholi). Ronny became enraged and determined to exact revenge on Sunny as a result.