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History teaches us many things, inspiring directors time and again to narrate long-forgotten stories about people who were once considered heroes. They remain immortal in our books and in our minds. And what better way to keep their memories alive than telling their stories 24 frames per second. In the past few years, Bollywood has seen some impressive biopics based on impeccable sportsmanship. The trend soared from Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Pan Singh Tomar (2012) based on an award winning athlete to another hero with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 2013. In the following year, Priyanka Chopra starred in Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom, a true story based on the eponymous boxer of the same name and her victory at World Boxing Championship in 2008.

On global shores, Invictus (2009) starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon highlighted South African Rugby team’s efforts in 1995 World Cup. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001) and Million Dollar Arm (2014) narrated the rise of two Indian baseball players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel from Indian cricket pitches to Los Angeles.

We rounded up 5 sports-drama to look forward to.

Written by Rajat Arora and directed by Tony D’Souza, Azhar stars Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin, former Indian International cricketer who was accused of match-fixing. The plot follows a stumping divorce, a controversial affair and death of a son. The film also stars Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakri and Lara Dutta and is set to release on May 13.

Dhoni - The Untold Story
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput dons the roll of Indian cricket team’s current captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for The Untold Story. The biographical film directed by Neeraj Pandey is scheduled to release on September 2, and stars Kiara Advani as Sakshi Dhoni, Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh and Anupam Kher as Pan Singh.

Sachin - A Billion Dreams
How much do you know about the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar? Filmmaker James Erskine delves into Sachin’s personal and professional life like never seen before. Watch out for this one, to witness how a wild child turned into a virtuous hero and united his country. 

The film stars Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, the wrestler who coached his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat into becoming champions. Gold medallist Geeta was the first of her kind to be India’s first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, followed by Babita who took home the silver. The film narrates an emotional and powerful journey and is set to release in December. 

Murli - The Unsung Hero
To be presented by Shekhar Kapur, the film tells the story of Paralympic gold-medalist Murlikant Petkar, who won at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and the Paralympics in Germany in 1972. With its tentative title, the biopic is to be penned by journalist-turned-scriptwriter Prashant Singh.Filled with many, many moments of bravery, the film will hit theatres in the first half of next year. 



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