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13 Best Indian Historic Films That Should be on Your Watchlist

The Indian film industry has contributed some great movies which depict the historical events of our country. Many films have been made on the glories of different rulers and also there are films based on the sufferings and difficulties of people during some difficult times of the Indian history. The history of India is quite rich and so there many movies made about the historical events of India. Let’s check out 13 best films which are based on the historical events of India.

 1. Padmaavat

Best Indian Historic films

Padmaavat is a Bollywood epic period drama film directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali which was released in the year 2018. The film is based on Rani Padmavati, a Rajput queen who was the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and was known for her extreme beauty. Ranveer Singh plays the role of Alauddin Khilji who attacks the kingdom of Maharawal Ratan Singh when he hears about the beauty of Rani Padmavati. The movie went out to be a blockbuster at the box office and received a great response from the audiences and the critics.

 2. Bajirao Mastani

Bajirao Mastani is a Bollywood epic historical romance film directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali which was released in the year 2015. The movie features Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The film is based on the Peshwa Bajirao who was married to Kashibai and later falls in love with Mastani who was a warrior princess. The movie shows how The heroic Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani struggle to make their love stand in front of the conserved Maratha family. The movie went out to be a super hit at the box office and received a great response from the audiences and the critics.

 3. Lagaan

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Lagaan is a Bollywood historic sports drama film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and produced by Aamir Khan and Mansoor Khan which was released in the year 2001. The film features Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh in the pivotal roles. The film is based on Bhuvan, a farmer who lived in Champaran. He accepts the challenge of Britishers to win against them in the game of cricket. If he does that then the villagers won’t have to pay taxes for the next three years.

 4. Jodha Akbar

 

Jodha Akbar is a Bollywood historical romance based film which was directed as well as produced by Ashutosh Gowariker. The movie features Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. Hrithik Roshan plays the role of the famous Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar and Aishwarya Rai plays the role of the Rajput Princes who marries him. The movie was really amazing and the graphics and the sets were just inexplicably awesome. The acting and the chemistry of both Hrithik and Aishwarya received a great response from the audiences. The exchange of expressions between the two of them during the whole movie and also in the songs of the movie cannot be ignored and were extremely loved by the audiences.

 5. Mughal-e-Azam

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Mughal-e-Azam is a Bollywood historical drama film directed by K. Asif. The film Mughal-e-Azam is based on the love affair between a Mughal Prince Salim and a court dancer named Anarkali. It talks about the difficulties and challenges they face because of the disapproval of Salim’s father who was the famous Emperor Akbar. It was one of the best Indian historic movies of all time and was truly loved by the Bollywood fans.

 6. Mangal Pandey: The Rising

Mangal Pandey: The Rising is a Bollywood historical biographical drama film which was directed by Ketan Mehta. The film features Aamir Khan in the lead role as the heroic Indian soldier Mangal Pandey. The film is based on this brave soldier who played a very crucial role in the rebellion of 1857 which was called The First War of Indian Independence.

 7. Border

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Border is a Bollywood Indian war based film directed and produced by J.P Dutta. The film features Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna and Jackie Shroff in the major roles. The film is based on a real-life historical event, which was the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The film shows how 120 soldiers at the Battle of Longewalla were able to secure their post until they received help from the Indian Airforce.

8. Asoka

Asoka is a Bollywood epic historical drama film directed by Santosh Sivan which features Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the leading roles. This film is based on the epic emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, Asok. He is also called ‘Asoka the great’ and he ruled most of the parts of the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century. The movie very well explains his achievements and was a success at the box office.

 9. Gandhi

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Gandhi is a Bollywood epic historical drama film which is based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who is also known as the father of our nation. The movie depicts all the true events and movements led by Gandhi which took place at the time of pre-independence.

 10. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is a Bollywood historical biographical war film which is based on the life of the independence Indian leader Subhash Chandra Bose. The film depicts the life of this former leader and what all events took place in his life while fighting for the independence of the country which also includes the formation of Azad Hind Fauj.

 11. Airlift

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Airlift is a Bollywood historic drama film which was directed by Raja Krishna Menon. Akshay Kumar acted as Ranjit Katyal, a Kuwait based businessman, as he carries out the mission of evacuating the Indians who were based in Kuwait during the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Akshay Kumar completely fits in the role and touched the hearts of the people with his really pleasing and breathtaking performance.

 12. Partition

Partition is a Bollywood historical film directed by Vic Sarin which is based on the religious conflict of Partition of India. The film is based on a 17 years old Muslim girl who was separated from her happy family due to the Partition conflict. The film depicts the real-life events and how families were traumatised due to this horrible historic event.

 13. Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story

Best Indian Historic films

Best Indian Historic films

This movie is a Bollywood historic drama film directed by Akbar Khan which is based on the famous Emperor of Mughal Dynasty, Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The film depicts the story of the glorious Taj Mahal which was built by Shah Jahan as per Mumtaz’s last will.

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