5 Sports that were featured in Telugu films and made it count

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Sports films in Tollywood
Sports films in Tollywood

There is always a trend that drives Telugu Film Industry. Comedy films, horror films, fantasies and fictions, etc. But Bio-Pics and frolic films are not very often, but when they are made, they create such influence on audience. Especially when the film is about sport, it is not just a film. It is a tale of human spirit and pumps up the motivation for life. Today we are looking at some of those films and the sports they were featured with.

Rugby:

Rugby: Sye
Rugby: Sye (2004)

It’s a kind of football which is very famous in European countries that will be played by two teams with 15 members in each team. Rugby players are less equipped compared to Football, yet it is known as dangerous form of Soccer. Rajamouli’s ‘Sye’ was probably the first movie to feature the sport and he made audience understand and involve into the game by the end of the film. Nitin and Shashank did learn the sport and performed amazingly well as two collage students who use the game as a form of fight to decide who is superior. The film was released in 2004.

Football:

Football: Vijatha (1985)
Football: Vijatha (1985)

It’s a widely popular game with fans all over the world. That will be played by 2 teams with 11 to 18 players in each. It’s the highest Television audience sport and the association has 250 million players in over 200 nations. But at the late 80’s when the game was not so popular in India, A Kodandarami Reddy made a film with Chiranjeevi and he plays a wanna be football player. The role of Chinababu (Chiranjeevi) did inspire a lot of guys to learn sports in those days. Chiranjeevi worn Filmfare award as Best Actor for his performance in that film.

Kickboxing:

Kick Boxing: Thammudu (1999), Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammai (2003)
Kick Boxing: Thammudu (1999), Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammai (2003)

It is a combat sport which is a combination of Boxing, martial arts, and aerobics. Though it is known as a terrific conditioning workout, it is a life dicey sport. The sport comes with a strict diet, tough exercises and severe level of practice. The very first time we saw this sport on screen was P.A. Arun Prasad’s Pawan Kalyan starrer ‘Thammudu’. Those were the days PK was emerging as a youth icon and the film definitely made an impact on youth and made them focus on body toning. Puri Jagannath made a Kannada remake of this film with Shivarajkumar, titled ‘Yuvaraja’. May be is not over the sport yet, he did ‘Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammai’ which features the sport in detail. Raviteja plays a passionate Kick-Boxer and Prakash Raj was seen as his father and a well known Kick-Boxing trainer. The film was a huge hit.

Kabaddi:

Kabaddi: Okkadu (2003), Kabaddi Kabaddi (2003), Bhimili Kabaddi Jattu (2010)
Kabaddi: Okkadu (2003), Kabaddi Kabaddi (2003), Bhimili Kabaddi Jattu (2010)

It is a contact sport which was originated in India. It is a state game for Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Punjab. Though we all know the game since childhood, it was never so fancy that a Star hero features it in his film. This happened for the first time in 2003, when Gunasekhar made ‘Okkadu’ with Mahesh babu. The not only recreated Warangal but also gave a little more fame for the game. Especially the climax sequence makes you sit in at the edge of the seats. Same year there was another comedy entertainer ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi’ did hit the theatres giving equal importance to the game. Venky Atluri directed this comic entertainer. A film that made the made the game look more rural and featured with all the emotions and struggles of players was ‘Bhimili Kabaddi Jattu’ by Tatineni Satya in 2010 with Nani and Others.

Cricket:

Cricket: Dhoni (2012)
Cricket: Dhoni (2012)

As crazy the people around the globe could get for this sport, Indians have a special love towards this Gentlemen’s game. In a way after Cinema and Politics, this is one aspect that rules the country and no one can deny it. There were many films that show actors as cricket players; ‘Dhoni’ was the film which got huge appreciation and public attention. This was a tale of a fourteen year old boy Karthik’ who worships M S Dhoni and love Cricket more than anything else. How did he manage to impress his middle class father who wants him to quit the game and study makes the story. Aakash Jagannath, Prakash Raj and Radhika Apte were seen in main characters, the film was nominated for International awards.

It’s always a self-inspiring time when we spend it on watching a sports related film. One of the reasons our makers don’t focus on the sports is it’s not a commercial point. Hope the Tollywood directors get inspired by more sports and find more stories to convert them as movies.

Tell us which sport you think should be taken for making films in future!