OTT binge-watches ahead of IPL season 

Ruhi Gilder 
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to play its first match of the season at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. As the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders battle it out on March 26, cricket fans can get into the spirit of things with this list of inspiring, uplifting and gripping sports-oriented films and series.  
83 
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The most recent cricket film to hit the screens, 83 captured hearts with its portrayal of the circumstances and matches leading up to India’s historic win against the West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final. Actor Ranveer Singh won critics’ hearts with his brilliant performance as the Indian team captain, Kapil Dev. The film even recently released on OTT platforms, which means you can binge it anytime, anywhere.  
Watch on Netflix / Disney+ Hotstar 
Ballers  
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Dwayne Johnson leads this five-season dramedy that revolves around Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player. Strasmore navigates his new career as the financial manager of other NFL players, who tries to replicate the same success he had on field with his new position. His role, however, soon exceeds its description as he coaches young “ballers” on how to handle their lives, fame and head-spinning success.  
Watch on Disney+ Hotstar 
Ford v Ferrari  
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Stories based on true events often do make the best films. This is the case with Ford v Ferrari, a film blessed with a stellar star cast of Matt Damon and Christian Bale. It chronicles a team of engineers and designers, who are determined to build the Ford GT40, a new racing car equipped with enough specs to beat the Italian racing team Scuderia Ferrari at 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.  
Watch on Disney+ Hotstar 
Inside Edge 
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This three-season TV show is largely inspired by the Indian Premier League controversies that took place between 2010 and 2013. The series focuses on the Mumbai Mavericks, a fictional T20 team, whose owners organise a league-wide spot-fixing scam. Inside Edge has an ensemble cast of names like Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chada, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Angad Bedi. 
Watch on Amazon Prime Video 
Jerry Maguire  
Not a traditional sports film, but one that will get your heart running a mile a minute, as Tom Cruise flashes his dimples on screen. A 1996 romantic comedy-drama, Jerry Maguire also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger, and of course, Cruise, who plays a 30-something sports agent who has a sudden epiphany about the dirty ways of some dealings in the sports business but is fired for trying to change his ways. Cruise then works as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague. Watch it for the Oscar-nominated storyline, and memorable dialogues including “You had me at hello,” and “Show me the money!” 
Watch on Sony LIV 
Lagaan  
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It’s impossible to discuss cricket films without a mention of the holy grail of cricket films, Lagaan. Ashutosh Gowariker’s nearly 4-hour magnum opus is set during the time of the British Raj and shows the fictional beginning of the national craze of cricket, as we know of it today. The inhabitants of a small village in India are challenged by the British to win a game of cricket, if they win the taxes that they owe the ‘government,’ are pardoned. Thus, the villagers set about trying to learn and practice a game they know nothing about. Lagaan was the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  
Watch on Netflix 
Secretariat 
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A 2010 American biographical sports drama film starring Diane Lane, this film is based on William Nack’s 1975 book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion. The film follows the life of a thoroughbred racehorse named Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown trophy in 1973. Lane plays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, who takes over her sick father’s stables with no experience or knowledge of the male-dominated horse-racing world. A veteran trainer helps her learn the ropes, which eventually leads to the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. A wholesome watch, that highlights dedication, family bonds and an extraordinary horse. 
Watch on Disney+ Hotstar 
The English Game 
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Academy award winning screenplay writer, Julian Fellowes developed this miniseries for Netflix that surrounds the origins of football in England. A show that demonstrates the class divide in the country, as football was known in the 1800s as a gentleman’s game, only for the wealthy. However, two men from either side of the divide come together to change all that. The six-part historical sports drama was released in March 2020.  
Watch on Netflix 
The Zoya Factor  
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Anuja Chauhan’s bestselling novel of the same name was adapted into a film starring the glamorous Sonam Kapoor. The plot follows the life of Zoya, a girl born on the day India won its 1983 World Cup. Unlucky in every other aspect of life, Zoya turns out to be lucky for the Indian cricket team starts a relationship with the captain of the team, played by Dulquer Salmaan.  
Watch on Netflix 
The Blind Side  
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One of the most heart-warming films you will see, The Blind Side follows the life of Michael, a homeless African American teenager, who is taken in by a Caucasian family that helps him excel in football. The movie is based on a true story, the protagonist Michael Oher is an actual player in the Baltimore Ravens team. It is an official adaptation of the novel The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, written by Michael Lewis. Sandra Bullock stars in the film, and even won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in it.  
Watch on Netflix 
Ted Lasso  
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An Apple TV original that became an internet sensation due to its feel-good vibes, Ted Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis is an American football coach who is hired to manage a British soccer team. While Lasso is inexperienced in the game, he wins or tries to win over the British with his small-town charm, humour and optimism. The first season of the show was nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, becoming the most nominated freshman comedy in Emmy history. 
Watch on Apple TV+ 
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