What makes a good sports film?
1 Underdogs: Such as World War II prisoners escaping the Nazis in the football classic Escape to Victory (1981), or villagers taking on the British in Lagaan (2002).
2 Classic lines: Think “Show me the money!”
Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan was nominated under best foreign film category but couldn't win the award.
from Jerry Maguire (1996) and “Yeh sattar minute tum se koi nahin cheen sakta” from Chak De! India (2007).
3 Dishy heroes: Who can forget SRK’s sexy stubble in Chak De!, Farhan Akhtar’s sinewy legs in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) or Sly Stallone’s rippling muscles in Rocky (1976)
4 Convincing story: The plot needs to be at least believable. That’s why a film like Lagaan works wonders and Awwal Number (1990) – where Dev Anand was the police commissioner AND chairman of the cricket board – doesn’t!
5 Ecstasy after the agony: You can’t go wrong with a climax where the protagonist punches, sprints or kicks himself out of misery. The Wrestler (2008), Bend It Like Beckham, Million Dollar Baby and Escape to Victory, to name a few.
From HT Brunch, July 14
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