The pandemic has cooped us indoors for days and even months at a stretch. This phase is especially difficult for sports lovers. Not going out means no outdoor activities we enjoy being sports enthusiasts. What we can do is watch movies that take us to places that are far, far away from our current one and keep our dopamine count intact while enjoying delicacies prepared at home.
If you are figuring out exactly which of the inspirational sports movies available to you and the ones you’re planning to commit to this season, we recommend you 5 such movies loved and appreciated by critics over the years. If you have seen them, no worries! They are worth watching one more time.
Chak De! india
Chak De! India is a 2007 Indian Hindi sports film directed by Shimit Amin. It tells a fictional story about the Indian women’s national field hockey team, which was inspired by the team’s win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Various themes such as feminism and sexism, the legacy of the partition of India, racial and religious bigotry, and ethnic and regional prejudice were portrayed through various characters in the film..
The film stars Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan, former captain of the Indian men’s national field-hockey team. After a disastrous loss to Pakistan, Khan is ostracized from the sport after which he and his mother are driven from the family home by furious neighbours. Seven years later, to redeem himself, Khan becomes the coach of the Indian national women’s hockey team and aims to turn its sixteen contentious players into a championship. The film was released worldwide on 10 August 2007, coinciding with India’s 60th Independence Day, and grossed ₹109 crores on a ₹20 crores budget. The film was termed a “blockbuster” by Box Office India and received widespread critical acclaim, with praise for its direction, screenplay, performances and feminist themes.
Chak De! India won a number of awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requested a copy of the film’s script to place in its Margaret Herrick Library. Chak De! India was screened in New Delhi on 17 August 2016, as part of the week-long Independence Day Film Festival. The festival was jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating India’s 70th Independence Day.
Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical sports drama film, directed by Hugh Hudson. It is based on the real life story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams. While Eric is a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew, runs to overcome prejudice. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson star as Abrahams and Liddell.
The film’s title was inspired by the line “Bring me my Chariot of fire!” from the William Blake poem , “Jerusalem”; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score for Vangelis’ electronic theme tune. At the 35th British Academy Film Awards, Chariots of Fire was nominated in eleven categories and won three, including the Best Film category. The film is ranked 19th in the British Film Institute’s list of Top 100 British films.
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