There is surely some heavenly connect between sports and mankind. It is amazing how a little bit of sports can fill you up with a lot of enthusiasm. Many of these emotions have been taken down on the big screen and have won awards and appreciations for their hard work.
One such Hollywood film ‘RUSH’ (2013) is the real life story of the rivalry and friendship of motor racing champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1976 Formula One Season.
The real Niki Lauda said, after he saw the film, in an interview: “When I saw it the first time I was impressed. There were no Hollywood changes or things changed a little bit Hollywood-like. It is very accurate. And this really surprised me very positively.”
When such movies are made, a whole lot of research goes into them as they are based on true facts and people who are living and have made a name for themselves. It is truly some hard work.
‘Million Dollar Arm’ (2014) directed by Craig Gillespie is the real life story of sports agent J.B Bernstein who comes to India and chooses two boys to fill in his team for the league.
The story is of his determination, the hard work of the players and the vision and belief Bernstein had in them.
In 2007, came ‘Chak De! India’ directed by Shimit Amin with Shahrukh Khan playing the role of an ex-Indian Hockey player turned coach who trains the Indian Women Hockey team to win the championship.
It is said that this role is very close to the story of Mir Ranjan Negi the real life Indian Hockey coach.
Similarly in 2010, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and in 2013, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ were released. Both these films were real life biopics. The directors Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar) and Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) were truly inspired by both the legendary athletes, that they decided to tell their stories to the world.
All such movies have so much energy and they give so much hope that it is unbelievable. Also it tells us how these men stood up for the sport and the honour of their country. Many a lessons we can learn from such inspiring films. As from ‘RUSH’ one may understand that your most hated enemy or rival can be your best friend in many a ways. You derive the zest and inspiration unknowingly from your worst enemy.