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Sporting spirits

With CWG's popularity going up everyday, Actor Genelia feels proud of young athletes who have bagged gold. Read on to know what the Bollywood damsel has to say about sports and her favourite sports flicks.

entertainment Updated: Oct 14, 2010 03:54 IST
Genelia D’souza

CWG is in the air! Wherever I look, people are talking about India’s stellar performance and the apparent ease with which we are winning in a lot of games. And we aren’t just winning, we are creating history!

May it be in the form of young talent like Rohan Bopanna or Devvarman or Saina, or the three Punjabi athletes who won the gold, silver and bronze in the women’s discus-throw championships. Now that’s what you call legendary! This is what epic wins are made of! This is the stuff movies are made of... Well, a really gripping political thriller can easily be made on the debacle “before” the CWG as well! Is Madhur Bhandarkar listening? *wink wink*

Talking about making movies, being an athlete myself, I get extremely involved with sports movies and find myself screaming along and sweating it out mentally while watching them. A lot of popcorn gets flung around on such occasions, but then there’s no point in watching such movies if they don’t put you in ‘high spirits’!

And since by now you guys also know how much I love making lists, here’s another one keeping in mind the gaming season! It’s a list of my all-time favourite sports movies — the ones that I keep watching everytime I’m in need of inspiration and the never-say-die spirit and the ones that are proudly displayed in my DVD collection.

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
This film most definitely put cycling in the ranks of the ‘most fashionable sport to do’ and just about every guy could be seen aping Aamir Khan and whizzing past on a shiny bike.

Million Dollar Baby
For the first time, a lady getting beaten up and giving it back to her opponents looked so damn sexy and inspiring. Never before was boxing considered a woman’s sports. Hillary Swank not only changed that, she also changed the way women looked at competition.

Chak De India!
A true story about India’s most neglected sport and most ambitious, hard-working, enduring and winning teams!

Cool Runnings
This is a movie about Jamaica’s one and only bobsledding team, trying to win at the Olympics. The sport of bobsledding that had ceased to exist was brought into existence by this very funny yet very inspirational film. I can watch this film over and over again because it makes me believe in dreams without the presence of any tears.

And to end with a quote from another super favourite of mine, you guys guess the film! It’s got a super-hot Australian punching the daylights out of whoever messes with him in the ring. “I have to believe that when things are bad, I can change them!” And I will :-)