On your marks... lights, camera
||Clockwise from top left: Muhammad Ali; Will Smith in
Ali; Leni Riefenstahl directing Olympia; Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser and Ian Charles in
Chariots of Fire
Games, like movies, have the power to sway millions with their magic. Nor is this the only link between the two mass entertainers. Many players have gone on to make it big in films, while scores of sports legends have been the inspiration behind blockbusters. With Olympics, the greatest paean to the power and beauty of the human body, around the corner,
Vikramdeep Johal talks about memorable sporting moments on the silver screen.
Olympics and movies are twins in a way. The first Games of the modern era were
held in April, 1896, barely three months after the Lumiere brothers began a
historic exhibition of motion pictures in Paris. Since then, the growth of the
Olympic movement has run parallel to the development of cinema.
Caught in mediocrity
apart, channels often get stuck in a groove of mediocrity. If a
particular formula succeeds on one channel, the others exploit it to
death through unimaginative and unacknowledged ‘adaptations’.