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Bollywood and Cricket are two undeniable faces of Indian entertainment sector. Bollywood and Cricket have always been and will always remain the main focal point for passion amongst Indians. Bollywood has over the years come up with a number of movies that have covered areas relating to the sport to the best of their abilities.

India is a country that takes immense pride in its cricket team. Cricket stars in India are treated with utmost respect. They are always riding on high expectations of the entire nation. Many cricket stars are even worshiped as heroes. Many Bollywood filmmakers have tried to showcase this adoration and reprint this on the silver screen.

Bollywood has over the years advanced its capabilities to such a level that no scene or action is considered impossible. The theme of cricket has been well experimented and used exceptionally to make some beautiful Bollywood movies. Perhaps the most popular Bollywood movie with a cricket theme that made history was the movie `Lagaan`.

`Lagaan` is an exceptionally directed movie by ace director Ashutosh Gowarikar that has a cricket match as an integral part the story. The story of `Lagaan` revolved around the people of a small village in Gujarat who take up the game of cricket as a challenge against the more well experienced British team in a last ditched attempt to have their land tax waived off for good. The film shows the character of a village lad who stands up against the British injustice and takes it upon himself to teach his fellow villagers how to beat the English team at their own game.

The film was a huge success both at home base as well as abroad. Its popularity grew to such a stage that it was even chosen as India`s choice of movie to be sent for the Oscars. Though the movie did not get the golden statue at the Oscars, it was definitely acclaimed as one of the better movies to have been made in the Indian Bollywood history.

Another movie that has definitely tasted success with its cricket theme was the movie `Iqbal` made by Nagesh Kukonoor. Iqbal told the story of a deaf and mute boy who belonged to a small village but saw dreams of becoming a pace bowler in the Indian cricket team. Though the film did not crash at box office records, it certainly managed to touch the hearts of a number of cricket lovers all over the nation.

Other cricket movies that hit the screen were `Hat Trick`, `Stumped`, `Chain Khuli ke Main Khuli` and `Say Salam India`. Apart from movie connections, Bollywood and cricket have also been linked together by the turn up of a number of romantic liaisons that have always been reported between cricket stars and Bollywood stars since ages by the media. Many have even cumulated in marriage. Some of famous Bollywood and cricket couples are Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohammad Azharuddin, Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Reena Roy and Mohsin Khan.

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