We Indians love a good story that revolves around sports. What better way to immortalise our heroes than by putting their stories onto the silver screen? Even though all of the biopics have not made it big at the box office, it is interesting to note that these national and international treasures were rarely ever given their dues for their stories. Today, we talk about four such people and the effect their movies have had.
1) Mary Kom
Priyanka Chopra played the role of Mary Kom, the inspiring boxer who was credited for her brilliant skills in boxing. While the movie grossed over Rs. 100 crores at the box office, Mary Kom earned a bare minimum of Rs. 25 lakhs.
Aamir Khan’s Dangal broke all box office records by grossing over Rs. 2000 crores world over. However, Mahavir Singh Phogat, on whose life the movie was based, got only Rs. 80 lakhs from the makers for his story.
3) Bhaag Milka Bhaag
Bhaag Milka Bhaag was a biopic based on the life of Milka Singh. The makers presented a very special Rs. 1 note to Milka Singh. The note was printed in 1958, the year in which Milka Singh won the gold medal. He is one of the few people who did not want monetary recognition for his story. His aim twas to touch as many people as possible through his struggles.
The 2016 movie was based on the former captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mohammad Azharuddin. Even though Azharuddin was one of the most controversial cricketers of his time, the movie failed to make a hit at the box office. The cricketer refused to take any money from the makers.
These are just some of the poeple who have touched our lives in ways we can not imagine. Thus, it is only fair to give them the credit for where credit is due!