Queen of Katwe is not an Indian film, but it's directed by Mira Nair, so deserves a place here. It is set in Uganda and tells the (true) story of Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga), a girl from the Katwe slum, who discovers a talent for chess, her coach David Oyelowo (Robert Katende), who nurtures her and other slum kids through tournaments in Uganda, Africa, and finally the Chess Olympics, and her mother (Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o).
Structurally, Queen of Katwe is like every other plucky underdog sports film - you know exactly what's going to happen, from initial signs of potential, through growth and setbacks for the protagonist, and trials for the coach, to final triumph. But Queen of Katwe is so well acted, skillfully directed, and beautifully filmed, that you don't mind any of that, and I defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat by the end.
This is a modest film, but it tells a true story in an entertaining and uplifting way, and has a setting that we do not see often. Recommended.
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