There are three things which Indians are usually mad about- politics, cricket and movies.
Baradwaj Rangan a film critic and an associate editor with the Hindu in this piece mixes cricket with movies.
He tell you about several Hindi films which have had cricket as a plot. There is also a review of cricketers who tried the celluloid. He actually covers a lot of ground in this piece and hardly misses any movies:
Take the topic of cricket in Hindi cinema and the temptation to concoct a quiz is irresistible. For instance, name the actors who played father and daughter in two films featuring the game.
That would be Naseeruddin Shah and Urmila Matondkar, inMasoom and Chamatkar.
Which is the first film to depict the inner workings of the BCCI? The answer: Awwal Number, released in 1990, which is also the film that institutionalised the trope of the last-ball six, inspired, no doubt, by Javed Miandad’s decisive strike off Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final.
Which actor was the first to play a cricket-crazy fan? Mala Sinha doesn’t instantly spring to mind, but there she is in Subodh Mukerji’s Love Marriage (1959), brightening up the walls of her flat with pictures of Vinoo Mankad and Khandu Rangnekar. A few scenes later she clips out from a newspaper the picture of the latest batting sensation. You may have heard his name: Dev Anand.
Why wasn’t there much cricket on screen before Love Marriage? Probably because there wasn’t much sport on screen in the first place – not even in the throwaway sense of the Mr India (1987) scene where Sridevi tries to convince a group of children playing cricket on the beach that she is friends with an invisible man….
Good long read..