Tamil films and Bollywood are thriving on films based on sports. Those films are low budgeted and high budgeted, but scored at the box office.
In Tamil, there was Ghilli where the hero pitted against the villain’s team wins a kabadi match against all odds. Then came the landmark film Chennai-600028 on a group of neighbourhood youngsters involved in gully cricket, who go on to beat their arch-rivals in a cricket tournament. Lee was another film based on the life and times of a footballer on a revenge spree.
Another sports based film releasing this week is Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, again centered around kabadi.
Bollywood has also got films in the sports genre :Lagaan (Cricket), Bend it like Beckham (Football), Chak De India (Hockey), Race (Horse Racing), Ta Ra Rum Pum (Motorcar Racing), Iqbal (Cricket), Hat Trick (Cricket), Apne (Boxing) and Goal (Football).
The film Victory based on Cricket and starring Harman Baweja and Amrita Rao is releasing today.