From ‘Chak De India’ to ‘Lagaan’: Must-Watch Films Before the Match

Here are five films, including Sachin: A Billion Dreams, that will set the stage perfectly
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Watching feature films that capture the essence of cricket and the India-Pakistan rivalry can be a great way to build excitement before the match. Here are five films, including Sachin: A Billion Dreams, that will set the stage perfectly

*83 (2021)*

This sports drama directed by Kabir Khan is based on the Indian cricket team’s historic victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Starring Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, the film portrays the underdog team’s incredible journey to winning the championship, inspiring a generation and marking a pivotal moment in Indian cricket history.

*Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017)*

This documentary-drama produced by Ravi Bhagchandka delves into the life and career of Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest cricketers in history. It provides a comprehensive look at his journey from a young boy with a dream to becoming a cricket legend, capturing the emotions and fervor of cricket fans across India.

*MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)*

This biographical drama produced by Arun Pandey and Fox Star Studios, chronicles the life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of India’s most successful cricket captains. It showcases his journey from a ticket collector to leading India to victory in the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, highlighting his leadership and determination.

*Chak De! India (2007)*

Although centered on field hockey, Chak De! India is produced by Aditya Chopra, captures the spirit of sportsmanship and national pride. It tells the story of a disgraced former hockey player (Shah Rukh Khan) who returns as the coach of the Indian women’s national hockey team, leading them to victory and redemption.

*Lagaan (2001)*

Set in the British colonial period, this epic sports drama directed by Ashutosh Gowariker tells the story of a small Indian village that challenges the British rulers to a game of cricket to avoid paying high taxes. Led by the charismatic Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), the villagers unite to learn and play the game, symbolizing resilience and unity.

These films not only celebrate cricket but also encapsulate the passion, struggles, and triumphs that resonate deeply with fans. Watching them will undoubtedly enhance the excitement and anticipation for the India-Pakistan match.

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