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5 Indian Sports Documentaries You Should Watch Right Now

The idea of games and sports always have a special place in our hearts. Whatever it is, be it cricket, football, or tennis every sport is packed with emotions.

It has inspiration, joy, happiness, satisfaction, as well as disappointment, packed into it. And, that is why sportsmanship is a virtue, we all want to acquire and exercise every day.

More than just the match, the stories of the players, their endeavors, and their route to love and stardom, everything makes us happy and inspired.

And what else than movies and documentaries can tell us the real and raw moments of the crucial victories on screen, right?

Believe me, when you watch such sports documentaries you realize how some major games were won way before, in the dressing rooms. Or, in the coaching halls as a child.

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So, today, we bring to you 5 Indian sports documentaries that you need to binge-watch right now. And, I guarantee, you will leave with hope, laughs, and tears all at the same time!

1. Sons of The Soil – Jaipur Pink Panthers

When the Pro Kabaddi League was launched in 2014, nobody thought that it would become as huge, as it is today.

But, Kabbadi became the next hot new game that could be viewed every day on the screens, just like IPL. And, with that, there came the pressure on the teams to play well.

In the maiden league, Jaipur Pink Panthers became the first-ever champions.

But, the team could not manage even to break to the top three teams in the following seasons. Thus, Sons of Soil covers the entire journey of the team in their last season.

The documentary talks about how individually they cope up and get ready for the game.

It also has inputs from the managers, team owner Abhishek Bachchan and coaches.

This documentary also gives context to the Kabbadi scene in India. And, you will not be disappointed.

You can watch this documentary on Amazon Prime Video.

2. Sachin: A Billion Dreams

What more than seeing ‘The God of Cricket‘ on screen in theaters, right?

This opportunity to experience the life of one of the best cricketers of all time, on screen, became possible in 2017 by James Erksine who directed Sachin: A Billion Dreams, the life of the cricket star.

The film follows Sachin’s personal and professional life in detail.

Following how every cricketing milestone was met with a personal context.

The film is narrated by Sachin himself, Harsha Bhogle and Boria Majumdar in parts.

Starting from his childhood to the transformation of becoming ‘The God‘, this Indian sports documentary covers the career trajectory well.

With anecdotes and stories from his life that the fans were wary of, the film shows Sachin in places that we have never seen before.

All of these make the film a delight for the fans. An in-depth analysis of what goes behind some of the best players making.

If you’re a sports fan, this is an inspiring story you will never forget!

You can watch this documentary cum movie on SonyLiv.


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3. Roar of the Lion

One of the most fan-favorite franchise, CSK aka Chennai Super Kings, was dropped out of the IPL seasons of 2016 and 2017, after the allegations of match-fixing.

And they returned to the field after a two-year ban.

But the Kings bounced back, with a roar like never before winning the 2018 title.

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This documentary series directed by Kabir Bedi follows a scripted structure.

Thus, as a heads up, this has a lot of interviews, with MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, and others that reminisce those years of allegations.

The documentary series is available in many Indian languages – including Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

You can watch it on Disney+Hotstar.

4. Umeed India

Tokyo Olympics was one of the best seasons for India in the Games. We bagged a total of 7 medals, breaking the dry run of no gold in Athletics with Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throw.

And, every time we see Olympians playing representing us, the question lurks, ‘Who is this?’. Following which the googling starts.

But, these Olympians are not created overnight. They prepare for years and train themselves for the big day.

Though this never appears onscreen nor could be covered in the interviews that follow afterward they win respective medals.

Umeed India is a documentary series narrated by Virender Sehwag. He follows the lives of the athletes preparing for the 2020 Olympics.

From their living conditions and life to the rigorous regimes, they undertake the show which gives a glimpse of what goes behind.

You can find the story of Vinesh Phogat from the Phogat household, National Champion Dutee Chand, the silver winner in wrestling this year, Bajrang Punia and a lot more of such sports person are also a part of the show.

Giving you a deeper idea of making of these legends, you can watch this documentary cum show on Amazon Prime Video or EpicOn.


If you love watching interviews, then try giving them a read as well, here.


5. Break Point

This sports documentary series is based on Indian doubles tennis players, Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes.

The pair never played together after 2010, leaving fans and their admirers disappointed.

They created magic on file that Indians have never seen. Their partnership gave hopes for many and when they had a fallout the hopes crashed.

But, both the athletes never spoke clearly on what went down.

Why did they split and how was it caused?

All these questions remained unanswered even as decades passed by.

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In this documentary series Aishwiny-Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari capture the fallout and get the men talking.

From following their lives as individuals and how the partnership came into being. The show finally sheds light on why they parted ways.

This will be a nostalgia ride for all the tennis followers, who have seen this pair come, play and fade away.

You can watch this document cum series on Zee5.


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Special Recommendation

Formula 1: Drive To Survive

Yes, I know, I know. Even though this is an Indian sports documentary recommendation list, but you just cannot miss this one.

Most games are not just played on the field, but off the field too.

Formula 1 is one such game that is more of an off-field game than what you can witness on the tracks.

Following this trope, the sports documentary series shows the politics behind it. The changes in ownership, the influence of managers, and everything part of finishing as number 1.

The documentary has forced those who do not follow the sport to follow it and eventually fall in love with it. Now, it is your chance to do so!

Catch this documentary series on Netflix!

Btw, did I mention? This is my favorite from this list.


These are some of the Indian sports documentaries, that you need to watch.

Sadly, we do not have many from the subcontinent. But on the bright side, with the OTT platforms becoming mainstream, there are plenty of documentaries on the line.

So, watch out for part 2 of this soon.

Also, tell us below what has been your favorite sports documentary every!

What do you think?

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