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.
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