The Punjabi film industry is a diaspora of films, from romantic comedies to emotional dramas. So well here are a few films one might enjoy if they liked Shahid Kapoor’s recent release ‘Jersey’! Continue reading ahead to read the full list of inspiring sports films:
This movie is about the story of two brothers returning from London to build a hockey team and revive the love for hockey among Punjabis. The film was released in the year 2018. It was directed by Rohit Jugraj and is a feel-good, inspiring film for the audience. Also Read: Do You Know About Sham Kaushal’s Work In Punjabi Films?
A national award-winning biopic, ‘Harjeeta’ is based on the life of hockey player Harjeet Singh who is famous for captaining the Indian team at the 2016 Men's Hockey Junior World Cup that went unbeaten throughout the tournament. Directed by Vijay Kumar Arora, the 2018 film has been applauded by many. Interestingly, this film also marks the Pollywood debut of Pankaj Tripathi!
Son Of Manjeet Singh
Released in 2018, Director Vikram Grover has tried to portray the common issue of typical Indian parents wanting a mainstream career for a sport-loving child. Not only this, the movie also shows the struggles of a single father trying to raise two teenagers. Overall, the film depicts a father and son’s relationship when love, career and the generation gap become a barrier. Also Read: When Mika Singh Got Offended On The Sets Of ‘Vicky Donor’!
Kabaddi Once Again
The story of ‘Kabaddi Once Again’ revolves around Shingara Singh (Varinder Singh Ghuman). Singh is a village boy, whose father has restricted him from playing Kabaddi, a sport he loves. He is later selected to go play in England, finally getting to fulfill his dream. But his dream is broken when reality hits and he learns about match-fixing and the use of illegal drugs in the sport. Watch the full movie to know if he finally attains his dream or not.
Bend It Like Beckham
Last but definitely not least, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ is one of the first major Punjabi-sports genre films to be made and it became an instant hit. The story revolves around an Indian girl and her strict parents, living in London. While Jess (Parminder Nagra) wants to play soccer like her idol David Beckham, her parents want her to be a traditional Indian girl. Filled with culture, comedy and romance (of course!) the story deals with breaking stereotypes and enjoying life to the fullest. Also Read: Do You Know About Dev Kohli, The Sikh Man Behind Many Hit Bollywood Melodies?
All these sports films portray the emotional journey of the protagonist and the problems and failures they have to go through in order to achieve their dreams. Do comment below other films which can be a part of this list!