Cinema’s love for sports – F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

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Cinema’s love for sports

Though there are several genres in filmmaking, movies based on sports have always had a separate fanbase. The number of movies based on sports have increased in the recent years and a few movies are lined up for release in the coming days.

Right from up and coming heroes like Hip-Hop Aadhi to established actors like Vijay and Ajith, our stars have acted in movies based on sports.

The latest of the sports film in Kollywood is Pa Ranjith’s upcoming film with Arya titled ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’. According to reports, the film’s core story is loosely based on real incidents that happened in North Chennai. It may be noted that Arun Vijay’s ‘Boxer’ and Jiiva’s ‘1983’ are also set to release soon.

Kollywood directors prefer taking a sports-based theme and packaging it along with commercial ingredients like romance, songs, comedy, fights and father/mother/sister sentiments.
It seems that newcomers feel that making a sports based movie as a safe bet.

For instance, after the success of ‘Meesaya Murukku’, Aadhi’s second flick ‘Natpe Thunai’ was based on Hockey. Lyricist Arunraja Kamaraj who made his debut as director with ‘Kanaa’ had the movie based on how a girl from a village went on to play for the Indian national cricket team.

Infact Kanaa’s producer Sivakarthikeyan had a major breakthrough as a hero with ‘Edhir Neechal’ which was based on Marathon.

Apart from this some of the notable sports based films that were released recently were ‘Jada’, ‘Kennedy Club’, ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2’

Even the established actors are no exemption from sports movies. Vijay’s ‘Bigil’ and Ajith’s ‘Viswasam’ are testimony to this. While Vijay plays a football player who becomes women’s team coach in ‘Bigil’, Ajith’s Viswasam is about how a father makes sure that his daughter’s dream of participating in national level atheletics is fulfilled.

When talking about sports based films, One cannot forget Vijay’s ‘Ghilli’ based on Kabbadi and ‘Badri’ based on boxing.
Some of the most notable sports based movies of recent times include ‘M Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi’ (2004), ‘Chennai 600028’ (2007), ‘Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu’ (2009), ‘Aadukalam’ (2011), ‘Ethir Neechal’ (2013), ‘Jeeva’ (2014), ‘Vallinam’ (2014), ‘Bhooloham’ (2015) and ‘Irudhi Suttru’ (2016).

It would be a sin not to mention about about the ‘Chennai 600028’ franchise. Not just Kollywood, infact sports based movies are being made in all film industries.

Currently, nearly a dozen Hindi biopics or events based on sports personalities are in various stages of production. There are three biopics on badminton personalities — Saina Nehwal, Pullela Gopichand and PV Sindhu — in the pipeline.

Who can forget the Classic Hindi sports based movies such as ‘Lagaan’ (2001), ‘Chak De! India’ (2007), ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013), ‘Mary Kom’ (2014), ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ (2016), ‘Sultan’ (2016) and the biggest of them all is ‘Dangal’ (2016), which collected over Rs 2,000 crore worldwide.


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