Biopics represent non-fictional stories in a captivating manner. Bollywood has a number of biopics to its credit. BizAsiaLive.com brings readers some noteworthy biopics that are an interesting watch.
‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’Released in 2022 ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is an engaging movie. The story revolves around a young girl who reaches Mumbai, the city of dreams to become a film star. Her dream however is not fulfilled. She instead becomes a prostitute after her husband sells her for money. The tale of Ganga Harijivandas played by Alia Bhatt is powerful and brings to light atrocities committed towards women.
‘Saina’The 2021 movie ‘Saina’ is a tribute to India’s star badminton player Saina Nehwal. The sports drama illustrates the various struggles and achievements of Nehwal. Parineeti Chopra plays the protagonist in the film who goes through a journey that is full of ups and downs, ultimately resulting in the making of a champion.
‘Shershaah’A gripping film that depicts how a young captain with the Indian Armed Forces fought the enemy bravely. Sidharth Malhotra who plays the role of captain Vikram Batra takes us through the times of Kargil War in 1999 during which the braveheart soldier attains martyrdom in the line of duty. A story of courage and supreme sacrifice the 2021 film ‘Shershaah’ is for the patriot in you.
‘Super 30’Hrithik Roshan essays the role of Anand Kumar in ‘Super 30’ which released in the year 2019. The inspirational film shows how Kumar a mathematician and a genius at it, turns the impossible into possible. With his effective teaching skills this teacher helps a group of 30 students from poor families crack the IIT JEE. It stands for The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination, notorious for being one of the toughest exams to clear in India.
‘Sanju’Sanjay Dutt’s larger-than-life story, depicting his stardom, drug abuse, rehab and alleged association with terrorists makes ‘Sanju’ a must-watch. Ranbir Kapoor undoubtedly gives one of the best performances of his career in the biopic. The film is a thorough entertainer and evidently emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2018.
‘Raazi’Inspired by the true story of a RAW agent named Sehmat Khan of the 1970s ‘Raazi’ is about how Khan is married to a Pakistani army officer so that she could gather sensitive information about the Pakistan army for Indian Intelligence agencies. The 2018 thriller showed Alia Bhatt giving a fine performance and has the distinction of being one of the top-grossing Indian films with a female protagonist.
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‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’Late Sushant Singh Rajput catapulted to fame when he brought to life the character of India’s cricket star M.S.Dhoni on the silver screen. Dhoni is one of the most loved and respected cricketers of India. Rajput effortlessly portrayed the glorious career of “captain cool” in the 2016 movie. Terrific acting by all the actors especially Rajput, contributed towards making the film getting very well received by the audience and critics alike.
‘Neerja’In 2016, the movie ‘Neerja’ hit theatres. The audience witnessed the heart-wrenching story of Neerja Bhanot, a purser, who loses her life while protecting passengers from terrorists on a hijacked plane. The film, based on a real-life incident that occurred aboard Pan Am Flight 73 received widespread critical acclaim winning many awards and also doing extremely well at the box office.
‘Mary Kom’One of the most successful sportspersons from India who has made the country proud several times by clinching numerous medals and honours is Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom. In 2014, a film titled after the sports star’s name was made to celebrate her illustrious career as a boxer who is credited of being a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. Priyanka Chopra plays the Olympian Kom, whose hard work and resilience bring her great laurels and fame. ‘Mary Kom’ is a brilliant movie that showcases Kom’s journey from being an ordinary Indian village girl to becoming “Magnificent Mary”, winner of reputed international and national boxing championships.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’Farhan Akhtar consolidated his position as an actor in Bollywood with the help of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. The 2013 film featured Akhtar as legendary Indian sportsperson, Milkha Singh. The biopic based on the life of “The Flying Sikh”, demonstrates how Singh overcomes the massacre of his family members during the partition of India that took place in 1947 and goes on to become a champion athlete and Olympian.
Biopics are about people who have made significant impact on society and culture in some way. These films are of an important genre and appeal to those who love watching powerful representations of renowned individuals on the big screen. Grab your popcorn tub and watch your favourite biopic from our list this weekend.