Cricket is perhaps India’s biggest obsession. And with his exquisite technique paired with explosive tenacity, and now his glorious, albeit slightly controversial stint with the captain’s badge, Virat Kohli is the current poster boy of Indian cricket. Probably the most complete batsman we’ve seen since the master blaster himself, Kohli has consistently made us swoon with his stratospheric stats as he leads successful chases for the team day in day out. Kohli is already an icon at 29. And his brand of committed aggression shows that he has so much more to offer.
Now, if anything comes even close to cricket’s contendorship for ‘India’s Biggest Obsession’, it is cinema (and politics, but we’ll talk about that some other time). As proud cinephiles who are also obsessed with “The gentlemen’s game”, we couldn’t help but mash the two up a little and wonder what kind of films Chiku would love. So, Mr. Kohli, if you’re reading this, welcome to your ideal watchlist.
1. Rocky (1976)
Well, isn’t this the most obvious one on the list? Before the sprawling franchise which basically displayed a lot of jingoism and a series of epic workout montages, ‘Rocky’ is a straightforward underdog tale told with a lot of heart. Rocky Balboa, a working-class local wrestler who is down on his luck, gets the shot of his lifetime when he is chosen to fight World Champ Apollo Creed, and boy does he make the most of it! A dramatic tale of resilience, which shows the importance of giving a fight even when all odds are stacked up against you, ‘Rocky’ would be sure to inspire Kohli to “eat lightning and crap thunder”.
2. Offside (2006)