Cricketing biopics that should be made
|Published October 05, 2016
Last week, Indian cricket fans were bowled over by the potrayal of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life on screen. Sushant Singh Rajput’s brilliant acting and the entire screenplay was a treat for every die-hard MSD fan. Along similar lines, The Sportsrush enlists 5 cricketing biopics that should be made other than that of Captain Cool.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
This is quite a no-brainer. Sachin, widely regarded as the God of cricket has surpassed almost every possible cricketing record existing in the planet. The struggles of the little master during his formative years is well documented and a movie depicting the same would surely be legendary.
There could be several facets that the movie could focus on. For instance, a young Sachin riding pillion on coach Ramakant Achrekar’s scooter to play multiple matches. Thereafter, making a sensational debut at the age of 16 against the likes of WaqarYounis and Wasim Akram. This story would have blockbuster written all over it.
The movie could cap off with a heartfelt adieu/speech to cricket by the master at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium. Hence, this story features in our list of the cricketing biopics that should be made.
2. Sourav Ganguly
The Prince of Kolkata has attracted millions of followers and is the cynosure of all eyes in the cricketing arena. It was under Dada that India started believing that they could beat their opponents fair and square. Arguably the greatest Indian captain, he has led India to some memorable victories.
It was the fierce and the aggresive brand of cricket that Dada brought to the Indian team. Playing mind-games and getting under the opponent’s skin was something that was completely new to Indian cricket. He was also instrumental in the meteoric rise of stars like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
However, it was his comeback into the Indian team after the Chappel fiasco that won him respect all around. This would be one of the highlights of the biopic that we are eagerly waiting for. Hope this soon translates into a movie on screen.
3. Rahul Dravid
If ever the gentleman’s game needed a better ambassador, one would not look further than Rahul Dravid. One of the best characters to have graced the game with his presence, The Wall has been an epitome of immaculate technique and true sportsmanship.
Constantly staying in the shadows of Sachin, Rahul managed to carve out a niche for himself in the side. Making the crucial no. 3 his own, Rahul managed to score some vital knocks for India to string in memorable victories.
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The movie could use the fact that Rahul was the silent guardian of Indian cricket. He quietly went on to do his job and had a strong upbringing. These are the areas that his biopic can focus on.
4. Yuvraj Singh
This flamboyant left-hander from Punjab is one of the best players to look at when on song. Who can forget the iconic six sixes in an over off the hapless Stuart Broad! However, there is much more to his story than just this. Hence, he should be part of one of the possible cricketing biopics.
Yuvraj has mentioned in several instances about how his father brought him up to play cricket. This rigour of practice shaped up Yuvi into a mentally strong character. It helped him stitch together amazing knocks and was the main contributor during both of India’s World Cup triumphs.
The biopic could dissect his life from his upbringing to his rise in the Indian cricket. Following this, the character he displayed to rise above the menace of cancer and forge a comeback is something that can fill theatres. This is certainly one to watch out for and can match the interest received by MSD’s biopic.
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