The latest trend of biopics in Bollywood has been well-received by the fans and most of them have done well at the box-office too. Biopics are movies based on real life stories of exceptional personalities. Nowadays, actors and filmmakers are always on the lookout for making biopics to prove their mettle because they are real movies.
They are entertaining as well as thought-provoking. There have been some exceptional biopics made in Bollywood. Here is a list of 15 Bollywood biopics that you should watch at least once.
One of the biggest blockbusters ever made in Bollywood is Aamir Khan’s Dangal. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is a biopic on wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat. The movie took the whole country by storm. Dangal showcased the passionate struggle of the former wrestler challenging the norms and training his two daughters to win gold medal for the country. It is a rightly done sports drama with an incredible script and powerhouse performances. The movie collected ₹2000 Crore worldwide.
Neerja is the the biopic of Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. One of the most heart-touching movies ever made in Bollywood, Neerja starred Sonam Kapoor in the lead role. The movie revolved around the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan when Neerja saved many lives but lost her own. This emotional story of Neerja’s bravery and sacrifice is also remembered for the endearing role of her mother played by Shabana Azmi. It is a toast to the daunting spirit of Neerja.
M. S. Dhoni: An Untold Story
M. S. Dhoni: An Untold Story is a spectacular sports biopic written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. The movie brought to forefront the complete story of the most successful Indian Cricket Captian M.S. Dhoni. It brilliantly chronicled the life of Dhoni from a very young age and compiled all the life events that finally made him the superstar of cricket. Sushant Singh Rajput’s stellar performance added life to the movie. It was an inspiring movie showing Dhoni’s faith in himself and his ability to battle professional and personal setbacks.
Featuring actress Priyanka Chopra in the lead role, Mary Kom is based on the story and struggle of Indian boxer Mary Kom. Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie shows the journey of Mary who went on to follow her dream beating all odds and became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014. The movie will leave you rooting for our Mary Kom who has put India on the world map.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
One of the most well made biopics is the biopic of India’s very own Flying Sikh- Milkha Singh. Helmed by ace filmmaker, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is written by Prasoon Joshi. Featuring Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, the movie infuses realism into drama. It deeply and sensitively explores the life of Milkha Singh right from the start. It sparks an emotional deluge leaving a lasting impression on the audience. The movie was inspired by Singh’s autobiography “The Race of My Life.”
A winning masterpiece by director Hansal Mehta is Shahid. Starring the extremely talented Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, the movie is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai. The movie fearlessly narrated the story of humanity under siege. It was applauded in theaters as well as international film festivals.
The Dirty Picture
The Dirty Picture is another biopic that was a critical as well as a commercial success. The movie was inspired by the life of Silk Smitha, a south Indian actress noted for her steamy roles. It is the story of rebellious and uninhibited Reshma who is an ardent fan of film actor Suryakant. Her only ambition in life is to meet and act with him. The movie featured Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Emraan Hashmi. The movie was an entertainer at all levels.
Paan Singh Tomar
Starring one of the most brilliant actors of the film industry, Irrfan Khan in the lead role, Paan Singh Tomar was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. This flawless movie is based on the true story of the athlete Paan Singh Tomar. He was a soldier in the Indian Army and a gold medalist at the Indian National Games. Situations force him to become a notorious bandit. The epic movie turned out to be a super-hit.
The bilingual movie, Rang Rasiya is based on the life of the celebrated19th-century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. Starring the talented Randeep Hooda in the lead role, Rang Rasiya is iconic director Ketan Mehta’s movie that was adapted from the biographical novel “Raja Ravi Varma” authored by the Marathi writer Ranjit Desai. Randeep Hooda does an admirable job in the lead role.
Gandhi, My Father
Gandhi, My Father is a biopic movie directed by Feroz Abbas Khan. Based on the dysfunctional family of Mahatma Gandhi, the film shows the estranged relationship between Gandhiji and his eldest son, Harilal Gandhi. Darshan Jariwala played the role of Gandhi and the role of Harilal was essayed by Akshaye Khanna. This touching movie is definitely one of the most amazing movies made on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero featured Sachin Khedekar in the lead role of Bose. The movie brought the Indian freedom fighter’s life on the big screen in such a way that it makes us feel as a part of it. The movie leaves you with the spirit of patriotism. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
A biopic on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, who fought for Indian independence, The Legend of Bhagat Singh is directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. Superstar Ajay Devgn played the role of Bhagat Singh. The movie is a heartfelt ode to the legends of the Indian independence movement. This is a beautiful piece of work is a commendable biopic and is considered as one of the best films of Ajay Devgn.
Bandit Queen is a fascinating account of the life of Phoolan Devi, an infamous bandit who later became the Member of Parliament. Featuring the fiercely talented Seema Biswas as Phoolan Devi, the movie was a powerful piece of rabble-rousing film making. This exceptional biopic helmed by veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
The biopic of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer residing at Bhikiwind, directed by Omung Kumar. Sarbjit crossed the Indo-Pak border after having a couple of drinks and was mistaken to be an Indian spy and was sentenced with capital punishment. The movie featured Randeep Hooda as Sarbjit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as his sister Dalbir Kaur. This heart-wrenching story was a brave attempt to tell an important story to the world.
Manjhi: The Mountain Man
The biopic of Dashrath Manjhi, Manjhi: The Mountain Man featured the very talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. The movie showed the journey of Manjhi, a poor lower caste man who loved his wife Phaguniya, beyond belief. He spent 22 years with a hammer and a chisel, he hammering away at the rocks to carved out a path from the mountain where Phaguniya slipped and died. Nawaz delivered an outstanding performance and won hearts with the movie.
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