Biopics take us into the lives of our icons, heroes and
personalities we know. We must have grown up hearing their names, known their
high times of success, seen them fall- to get up and come back strong.
Some of them might be legends, people we know through history.
If not for the biographical movies, the message of their
lives would never reach us.
Here is a list of such biopics that are really well made and hugely popular in India.
1. M. S. Dhoni: The
Untold Story (Watched M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story? Rate. )
This biographical movie has entered the coveted high-grosser list of 2016 Bollywood movies, rising to the fifth position.
The movie goes through the life and success of the most popular and successful captain of Indian National Cricket Team. Charming Sushanth Singh Rajput plays the role of our favorite captain.
Co-producer of the movie, Arun Pandey is Dhoni’s close friend and Manager. People used to turn to Dhoni for advice's and often ask him what he would do in certain situations. This inspired Arun Pandey to go ahead with the idea of a biopic on Dhoni.
2. Bajirao Mastani (Watched Bajirao Mastani? Rate.)
It was a high-grosser of 2015, an epic romance drama on the life of Bajirao and his second wife Mastani. The movie had Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chapora and Deepika Padkone making the characters timeless. The movie is originally based on life of Bajirao, Peshwa to the Maratha Chhathrapathi from 1720 until his death in 1740. What the movie does not tell us, is Kashibhai had adopted Shamsher Bahadur, Mastani’s son, and brought him up as her own after the death of Bajirao and Mastani. He also ruled part of the kingdom and his dynasty still exists.
3. Celluloid (Watched Celluloid? Rate. )
J.C. Daniel is the father of Malayalam Cinema, and Celluloid is a biopic on him. The movie spans over life of J.C. Daniel, making of the first feature movie in Malayalam- Vigathakumaran, and the fate of the first actress in Malayalam, Rosie. Celluloid garnered many awards at State, National and International level.
4. Mary Kom ( Watched Mary Com? Rate. )
How can anyone miss this movie? It redefined our respect for ‘Magnificent Mary’ and Priyanka Chopra was yet again credited for her stellar performance. The movie takes us through the struggles of the sports star and how she overcame each with fire and passion.
5. Kerala Varma Pazhassi
It is a Malayalam Biopic on the Hindu ruler Pazhassi Raja, known and ‘Kerala Simham’. The film takes us through his struggle to resist East India Company during the 18th Century. This battle is called Cotioite War; situated around Kottayam. It was costly film and the filming lasted for two and a half years. It was directed by Hariharan, also creator of Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha.
This is a Bengali biopic on a little known facet of Rabindranath Tagore’s life. The movie revolves around his relationship with his sister-in-law, Kadambari, and her sudden death by suicide four months after Rabindranath got married. Konkana Sen Sharma plays the titular character.
7. Paan Singh Tomar
An athlete, who is a gold medalist in the National games and a soldier with the Indian Army, Paan Singh Tomar is forced into being a decoit by circumstances. Irrfan Khan plays the titular character, and we are taken through his life during flashbacks between an interview of the bandit.
8. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
The superhit of 2013, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag took us into the life of India’s ‘Flying Sikh’.
This was one movie that was loved equally by a sports lover and non-lover. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag also stunned us by the transformation Farhaan Akhtar had gone through to perfectly portray Milkha Singh on screen.
9. Neerja ( Watched Neerja? Rate. )
This is a biopic thriller based on the life of Neerja Bhanoth. She gave her life to foil a hijack plan of Pan Am Flight 73 in Pakistan and saved most of the passengers on board.
Sonam Kapoor flawlessly enlivens the brave Neerja on screen.
10. Dr. Babasaheb
This is a biopic on Ambedkar and his role in shping the Indian Constitution. It was a 2000 Indian feature film in Hindi, dubbed into English language and later nine different Indian languages. The title character is played by none other than Malayalam Industry’s own Mammootty. He won National Award for best actor that year for his performance in the movie.
11. The Dirty Picture
One of the most shockingly honest and surprisingly rich movie of 2011, it is a biopic drama in all sense. It introduces us into the life of a glamorous yester-year star, Silk Smitha, portrayed by Vidya Balan. Vidya transformed herself for this movie, and it can be easily called the performance of her life (as yet).
12. Bandit Queen
This is a fairly violent movie, a biographical approach into the life of the Bandit Queen- Phoolan Devi. It was released in 1994 and takes us through the beginning of it all, when she is married off as a child, and shows how her life fell from one tragedy to another, until she became the Bandit Queen.
13. Budhia Singh – Born To Run (Watched Budhia Singh - Born to run? Rate.)
14. Manji - The Mountain Man (Watched Manjhi The Mountain Man? Rate.)
It is based on a true life story of "Dashrath Manjhi" who broke a Mountain - for Love. Dashrath Manjhi was a poorest from the lowest of the low castes, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. Life for him was a daily struggle for survival. He loved his wife, Phaguniya, beyond belief. One day while climbing the mountain to bring him food, his wife slipped, fell and died. Overwhelmed by grief, Dashrath decided to carve out a path through the mountain, so that no one else would suffer his fate. For 22 years, all by himself, with just a hammer and a chisel, he hammered away at the rocks, till the path was carved out from the mountain. It is a unique monument to love - An inspiring story of the triumph of the human will - and a passionate love story of the wretched of the earth.
Upcoming Biopics To Watch Out For
Expectations for this movie has been soaring up higher and higher. Aamir Khan comes in a heavy set version, as Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters in wrestling and they grew up to be ace wrestlers of India.
The movie releases by 23rd December.
2. Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Sachin plays himself in this biopic, and introduces Arjun Tendulkar as well into his first film. The movie goes into deeper details of Tendulkar's life, as we have never known before. Now here is a blockbuster in the making.
Ram Gopal Varma is bringing the life and times of Muttappa Rai, a former underworld don who is a well known philanthropist and activist now based in Karnataka. The movie is titled Rai (The Greatest gangster Ever) and the first look of the film was unveiled on May1, 2016 in Bengaluru.
4. Biopic on Kamala
Director Kamal is preparing for his bilingual biopic on Kamala Surayya, with Vidya Balan essaying the eternal poet, and Prithviraj donning another significant role. The movie will be shot in Malayalam and English.
We have so many personalities around us, whose life is worth
sharing. Wouldn’t it be splendid to see our icons revived on silver screen?
I would love to see the life of Ruskin Bond sketched on silver screen. The English writer completely brought up with and Indian sole, now lives with an adopted family. Who wouldn’t want to know his life better?
Or A. R. Rahman. The legend has a quite interesting life story. He is a phoenix who came up from the ashes of his own miseries, gone through a change in faith and walked the path of discovering music and self.
Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian born lady astronaut in space, lost her life doing what she yearned in life. Her growth from a five year old who dreamt and drew planes, into a significant member of NASA Astronaut Corps is something that should be screened for the whole world.
Or what about The
Great Khali? Or Saina Nehwal?
Don’t you think it’s already far too late to make a biopic on our own P. T. Usha?
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