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Open Air Screenings of Indian Sports Films at IFFI 2018 – Gold, 1983 and more


Goa;9/11/18:Love for different types of sports has been prevalent around our country for years. We have a multitude of sports personalities who have worked hard all their life to achieve their goals and to make India proud.

This year at IFFI 2018, as an extension of the Khelo India Campaign, there is a special film section that has been created as a part of the Open Air Screenings at IFFI. Biopics and movies of incredibly talented sports players who have made our country proud through their achievements will be screened here.

The Khelo India Campaign was brought to life in 2018 as a means to rebuild the sports culture in India. This programme aims at creating a strong structure for all sports played throughout our country, so that everyone from India gets an opportunity to grow their sporting potential and hence establish India as a great sporting nation. This programme helps make our citizens more healthy and fit, leading to a stronger nation and society.

In hopes that these movies and biopics will inspire the viewers to take a more active part in the world of sports or push their children to prosper as young athletes, here are the list of Biopics and movies to be screened at the 49th edition of IFFI.

Gold (2018) – Hindi Film

This Akshay Kumar starrer is a historical biopic that features post independent India and the obstacle filled journey of the Indian Hockey Team during 1948 Summer Olympics. Akshay plays Tapan Das, a drunk Indian Hockey Team manager who coaches the hockey team in the aim of winning the first gold medal as an Independent India.

Mary Kom (2014) – Hindi Film

Mary Kom is a chronicle of the life of five time gold Asian Championship winning boxer Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom. Played by Priyanka Chopra, this biopic follows Kom’s resilient journey through all the hardships. It’s an inspiring movie that shows the audience how difficult it was for her to reach where she did, from going against her father’s wishes to having two children and then starting her rigorous training again.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) – Hindi Film

It is a biopic on one of India’s most iconic athletes Milkha Singh, who was orphaned due to the Partition of India. The movie, wherein Farhan AkHtar plays the titular role, follows the emotionally and physically trying challenges that Milkha faces till he reaches his goal of breaking a world record.

1983 (2014)- Malayalam Film 

1983 is an award winning Malayalam movie that revolves around a family drama and sports. The father, Rameshan, failed to achieve his dream of being a cricketer but tries to fulfill it through his son who wishes to become a cricketer too.


M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story ( 2016) – Hindi

A biopic on the life of the former captain of the Indian Cricket Team Mahendra Singh Dhoni, this movie where Sushant Singh Rajput plays the title character is one that shows the twists and turns that makes up life. Follow the story about the aspirations of a boy from Ranchi who ended up being one of the most famous Indians of our generation.

Soorma (2018) – Hindi Film 

A story that’s inspiring to everyone, whether you’re a Sports fan or not, Soorma is a biopic based on hockey player Sandeep Singh who was left paralysed after getting accidently shot. Not willing to let his paralysis win, Singh pushes himself and overcomes his disability, eventually leading the Indian team to victory.


The International Film Festival of India is one of the largest film festivals in Asia and is a star studded event that features the best of cinema. IFFI 2018 is to be held from 20th November to 28th November in Panjim, Goa. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch the screenings of these movies at the 49th edition of IFFI.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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