As much as I love sports and movies, I don’t quite enjoy sports based movies of India. They are so cliched that they are predictable by the scene. From an Indian film scene point of view, the only sports-related content worthy of their story telling is the ‘underdog winning against all odds’. One of our earlier attempts at sports movies landed in the Oscar shortlist. I already wasn’t rating the Oscars much but when they shortlisted Lagaan, my assessment of them was complete.
Dangal is another sports based movie where the underdog does win against all the odds in the final piece of action in the final game of the championship with a super-dramatic move. That’s original. The sport is different, the setting is different – rest everything is pretty much the same.