Before Chandu Champion - Actors Who Have Played Athletes

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Irrfan - Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Tigmanshu Dhulia cast Irrfan as the steeplechase legend who turned to the path of the weapon in the ravines of Madhya Pradesh after being let down by the system.

Farhan Akhtar - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Akhtar played the legendary sprinter Milkha Singh in a biopic directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Priyanka Chopra - Mary Kom (2014)

Omung Kumar directed Chopra in this biopic of the legendary boxer M.C. Mary Kom, the first Indian woman to win gold medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games, as well as the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics.

Sushant Singh Rajput - M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)

Neeraj Pandey directed this large-scale biopic of cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose shoes were filled with uncanny likeness by Sushant Singh Rajput.

Diljit Dosanjh - Soorma (2018)

Dosanjh played one of modern Indian hockey's most significant figures - Sandeep "Flicker" Singh - in this biopic helmed by Shaad Ali.

Shreyas Talpade - Kaun Pravin Tambe? (2022)

Jayprad Desai directed Talpade in this biopic of that phoenix from ashes - Pravin Tambe, a hobby cricketer who turned pro in his forties and took the Indian Premier League by storm.

Taapsee Pannu - Shabaash Mithu (2022)

Pannu starred in Srijit Mukherji's biopic of Indian cricket legend Mithali Raj, a pathbreaking icon who paved the way for many women.

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