Biopics on Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni and Mohd Azharuddin are set to release. May 04, 2016 × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTS With just one movie hitting the ₹100-crore mark in box-office collection this year, Bollywood seems to turning to the tried and tested theme of sports. At least four sports-themed films are in the pipeline this year, including a biopic of Sachin Tendulkar.Emraan Hashmi-starrer Azhar based on cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin’s life is due for its release on May 13. This will be followed by a film on Mahendra Singh Dhoni – MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. This Sushant Singh-starrer is slated to hit the silver screen on September 2.Sachin: A Billion Dreams, a biopic of iconic batsman will be directed by James Erskine. Erskine is known for films about the sporting world. Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out is the maker of the film and the posters of the film says 55 Days of Training. One Pair of Trousers.Sneha Rajani, Deputy President and Head, Motion Pictures Division, Sony Pictures Networks, says, “Sports-based films are of two kinds — one based on the sport itself and another based on the lives of the sportsmen. While the former genre has met with varying degrees of commercial and critical success, the latter has been far more successful (in particular biopics) that’s grown in recent past with films like Mary Kom and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or like our next Azhar.” Yet another sports-inspired film that will hit the screen this year is Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal and Salman Khan’s Sultan. While Aamir’s film will have him essay the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, Salman Khan’s film has the actor playing the role of a Haryanvi wrestler.Previously, sports biopics such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag based on sprinter Milkha Singh’s life had clocked a box-office collection of ₹100 crore. Others like boxer Mary Kom’s biopic too, had a decent box-office run. The Priyanka Chopra-starrer too had reportedly clocked a collection of ₹60 crore. Since January only one Bollywood movie – Airlift has crossed the ₹100-crore mark. The industry us hoping that the previous formula would uplift the box office collections.Trade analyst Amod Mehra says that there aren’t too many film tapping into sports as a genre.“Mary Kom was a heroine-oriented film. Only Chak De was a major success in genre. Several films are in the pipeline but it is hard to say if these will be crowd pullers. The players on whom the films are being made have met with success and there is hope cinema based on their lives” Biopics of Sachin, Dhoni and Azhar on the floor Biopics on Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni and Mohd Azharuddin are set to release. cinema COMMENT SHARE
Venues for the five new sports to be introduced at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were finalised on Tuesday following approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters.Baseball and softball will be held at the Yokohama Stadium, the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo will be the site of the karate competitions, while temporary facilities in the capital will house the sports climbing and skateboarding competitions.The Chiba province and its coastline will host surfing.”Our proposals were confirmed and approved by the IOC,” Mori said. “They appreciated our progress and gave us a very good evaluation.”The five new sports will make a one-off appearance at the Games after being chosen by the hosts under new IOC rules.Organisers are also discussing with the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) hosting some matches in Fukushima prefecture, site of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.Mori said he had not discussed the issue of Fukushima with the IOC during their meeting on Wednesday.Organisers and the IOC are hoping the five sports will attract a younger generation of viewers and fans as well as sponsors and rejuvenate the Games’ sports programme.”WBSC is delighted with the decision of the IOC… to confirm Yokohama Stadium as a main venue,” said the sports’ confederation president Riccardo Fraccari.”Yokohama Stadium with its downtown skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop for Olympic baseball and softball – this is an exciting day that takes baseball and softball one step closer on the historic road to Tokyo 2020.”advertisementTokyo was picked by the IOC as a safe choice to host the world’s biggest multi-sports event but organisers have been struggling with mounting costs.Price tags for many venues have soared since Tokyo won the race in 2013, which organisers blame on increased construction costs after the earthquake and tsunami five years ago.