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From the Pitch to the Silver Screen: Top 5 Bollywood Movies Based on Real-Life Cricketers

By magicpin

Updated - May 9, 20245 min read

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Bollywood has always been known for its ability to captivate audiences with larger-than-life stories and unforgettable characters.


In recent years, the film industry has ventured into the realm of sports, bringing to life the inspiring journeys of real-life cricketers. From the struggle and triumph on the cricket field to the emotional rollercoaster of personal lives, these movies have struck a chord with both cricket enthusiasts and movie lovers.


In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of Bollywood movies based on the lives of legendary cricketers, combining the thrill of the game with the magic of cinema.


"Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" -


Set during the British Raj, this epic sports drama showcases a village's fight against colonial oppression through a cricket match. Inspired by the exploits of cricketer Mohinder Amarnath, it blends history, patriotism, and the spirit of cricket.



Director: Ashutosh Gowariker


  • Aamir Khan as Bhuvan
  • Gracy Singh as Gauri
  • Rachel Shelley as Elizabeth Russell
  • Paul Blackthorne as Captain Andrew Russell

Release Year: 2001

Music Composition: A.R. Rahman

Production Banner: Aamir Khan Productions



"Azhar" -


Unraveling the life and controversies of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, this biographical sports drama delves into his rise to fame, match-fixing allegations, and personal relationships. Emraan Hashmi's stellar performance adds depth to this gripping tale.



Director: Tony D'Souza


  • Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin
  • Prachi Desai as Naureen, Azharuddin's first wife
  • Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, Azharuddin's second wife
  • Lara Dutta as Meera, a lawyer and Azharuddin's defense attorney
  • Gautam Gulati as Ravi Shastri


Release Year: May 13, 2016.

Music Composition: The film's music was composed by various artists, including Amaal Mallik, Pritam, and DJ Chetas, with lyrics written by Rashmi Virag, Manoj Yadav, Kumaar, and Anand Bakshi.

Production Banner: Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures.



"M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" -


Sushant Singh Rajput brilliantly portrays the journey of one of India's most celebrated cricket captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This biopic takes us through his humble beginnings, struggles, and the determination that led him to lift the World Cup in 2011.



Director: Neeraj Pandey


  • Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha (Dhoni's late girlfriend)
  • Kiara Advani as Sakshi Dhoni (Dhoni's wife)
  • Anupam Kher as Pan Singh (Dhoni's father)
  • Bhumika Chawla as Jayanti Gupta (Dhoni's sister)
  • Rajesh Sharma as Dhoni's coach

Release Year: 2016

Music Composition: The music for the film was composed by Amaal Mallik and Rochak Kohli. The film's soundtrack features songs like "Besabriyaan," "Kaun Tujhe," and "Jab Tak," among others.

Production Banner: The film was produced by Fox Star Studios and Inspired Entertainment.



"Sachin: A Billion Dreams" -


A tribute to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, this documentary-drama reveals the untold story of the "God of Cricket." With real-life footage and personal accounts, it showcases the immense dedication and passion that made Tendulkar an icon.



Director: James Erskine


  • Sachin Tendulkar (as himself), with various archival footage and interviews with other cricket players and personalities.

Release Year: 2017

Music Composition: A. R. Rahman

Production Banner: 200 NotOut Productions


"83" -


A highly anticipated film, "83" chronicles the Indian cricket team's historic win at the 1983 World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Ranveer Singh steps into the shoes of the charismatic cricketer, reliving the triumphs and challenges faced by the team.



Director: Kabir Khan


  • Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev
  • Deepika Padukone as Romi Dev
  • Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar
  • Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath
  • Harrdy Sandhu as Madan Lal
  • Ammy Virk as Balwinder Sandhu
  • Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth
  • Pankaj Tripathi as PR Man Singh (Manager of the 1983 Indian cricket team)

Release Year: 2021

Music Composition: The music for the film was composed by various artists, including Pritam, Julius Packiam, and Salim-Sulaiman.

Production Banner: The film was produced by Deepika Padukone, Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Sajid Nadiadwala, Phantom Films, Reliance Entertainment, and 83 Film Ltd.



So, grab some popcorn, sit back, and get ready to witness the magic of Bollywood and the real-life heroes of the cricketing world on the silver screen.


Q1: What is the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time?

A1: "Dangal" currently holds the record for the highest-grossing Bollywood movie.


Q2: Which Bollywood actor has won the most Filmfare awards?

A2: Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan share the record for most Filmfare awards, with eight wins each.


Q3: What is the first Indian movie to win an Oscar?

A3: "Mother India" was the first Indian film to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.


Q4: Who is known as the "King of Bollywood"?

A4: Shah Rukh Khan is often referred to as the "King of Bollywood" due to his immense popularity and success in the industry.