Post-2018 FIFA WC Hangover Remedies: Top Six Movies in Bollywood Based on Football

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming to an end this Sunday, we have listed six Bollywood movies for football fans to watch. Read on to know the movies that can beat your post World Cup Blues.

By Saurav Ray

Jul 15, 2018  Updated On : Jul 22, 2018

With a couple of days remaining for the FIFA World Cup 2018 final, football lovers are going to miss the game. But if you are a Bollywood lover, then you can watch these football movies to celebrate your love of the sport.


Bollywood has fewer movies based on the ultimate sport that enjoys the craze and passion of people from all corners of the world. However, the movies are well made and are worth a watch for its awesome plot and storytelling, if not for football. Movies based on football are good to watch any time of the year. But they are especially great after the FIFA World Cup.


Here is the list of Top Bollywood Movies Based on Football:


Inshallah, Football (2010)



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Directed by: Ashvin Kumar


‘Inshallah, Football’ is a documentary movie about an 18-year-old aspiring footballer, coached by FIFA accredited football coach Juan Marcos Troia in International Sports Academy Trust. It tops the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood. However, despite his talents and skills, he was denied the passport to travel overseas by the Indian Government on the ground that his father was a militant in the 90s. He eventually managed to get a passport after the intervention of the then J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah. The movie was critically acclaimed and was screened at Busan Film Festival, where it bagged the Asian Network of Documentary Fund and won the Muhr Asia Africa under Documentary category. Movie director Ashvin Kumar received Special Mention at the Dubai International Film Festival.


Sikandar (2009)



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Directed by: Piyush Jha

Starring: Parzan Dastur, R. Madhavan, Ayesha Kapoor, Sanjay Suri


The movie ‘Sikandar’ is set in the Kashmir valley and the plot revolves around the life of a 14-year-old orphaned protagonist who aspires to become a professional footballer. It comes as 2nd in the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood. As of the storyline, One day, while going to a school football match, he finds a handgun lying on the road and the pain of losing his parents to a jihadi ambush is reopened. The events unfolding next are a shocking revelation of the game between the militants, army, politicians and various parties with vested interests. The movie received positive reviews from eminent publications and critics and went on to make a decent business at the box office.


Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007)



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Directed by: Vivek Agnihotri

Starring: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Bipasha Basu, Shernaz Patel, Rajendranath Zutshi, Dalip Tahil, Kushal Punjabi, Sana Khan


The movie is about a star footballer of Southall United Football Club who agrees to leave the club he is playing for a lucrative offer to play for Millwall Football Club as he considers the players at the former football club to be incompetent and unprofessional. Little did he know that the Millwall F.C. is a team teeming with notorious skinhead hooligans and racists. After a terrible experience with the team members, he goes back to the Southall United F.C. and reunites with the coach and the team members he previously underestimated. After that, the team goes on to win the interclub championship trophy. The movie was premiered in the Tous Les Cinémas du Monde (World Cinema) section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It garnered positive critical reviews but went on to become an average grossing flick of 2007. It`s the 3rd one in the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood.


Bend It Like Beckham (2002)



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Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Starring: Parminder Nagra, Anupam Kher, Keira Knightley, Archie Panjabi, Juliet Stevenson, Frank Harper, Shaznay Lewis, Jonathan Rhys Meyers


The movie is about the protagonist teenaged girl (Parminder Nagra) who bends the rules to realize her dream of becoming a professional football player. It`s the 4th one in the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood. However, her conservative parents are totally against it and insist her to abandon the sport, learn to cook, marry and settle with a nice boy. The movie was critically acclaimed and garnered positive reviews, becoming a box office success by collecting $76 million on a $6 million budget. A stage musical version of the movie opened at London`s Phoenix theatre on June 24, 2015.


Saaheb (1985)



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Directed by: Anil Ganguly

Starring: Anil Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Raakhee, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, A.K. Hangal


The movie is about a youth who is passionate about playing football and has huge potential in him to play the sport professionally. However, his family members look down upon his affinity towards the game and underestimate him, as he is the only less-educated and jobless member among his five siblings.  After watching the movie, you`ll be amazed to learn the extent to which he goes and the huge sacrifices he makes to fend for his family. It comes at the 5th position in the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood.


Hip Hip Hurray (1984)



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Directed by: Prakash Jha

Starring: Raj Kiran, Deepti Naval, Shafi Inamdar


Last, Not the least. Hip Hip Hurray of 1984 is the 6th one in the list of Movies On Football in Bollywood. The movie plot revolves around the protagonist (Raj Kiran) who takes up an ad-hoc job as a sports instructor at Bishop Westcott Boys` School at Ranchi as he is yet to begin his first. In the school, he comes across a history teacher (Deepti Naval) and makes friends with her. Despite the apathetic attitude of the school principal, the protagonist leads the football team to victory. The movie was mentioned in Avijit Ghosh`s book ‘40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed.’


Also Read: Bollywood Actor`s Love for Football & Their Favorite Team in FIFA World Cup 2018


If you consider yourself a big football fan, then the above-mentioned football movies are surely going to get over with the post-2018 FIFA World Cup hangover.

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