A short history of cricket in Hindi cinema

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..


2 Responses to “A short history of cricket in Hindi cinema”

  1. JealousScissor Says:

    Can I make a suggestion?
    Please allow complete posts in email newsletter as opposed to summary only currently. Bloggers who typically want readers to visit the page and not read the entire post in email have ads or have worked a lot on layout. But you might be more focussed on reach, so please do allow reading whole posts in email.


    • Amol Agrawal Says:

      Hi JealousScissor,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I really appreciate you visiting and following my blog.

      It actually keeps going in circles. There was a suggestion earlier to actually send summary of the posts via newsletter. So if people are interested, they can go to the blog and read the full thing. So I started posting accordingly.

      Now you suggest just the opposite 🙂

      I have tried to post full since your suggestion. I guess will do a mix and match. Some full posts and some others as summary. Hope it keeps both sets of followers happy.

      Once again, thanks for following.

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