In the past recent years, we have seen a huge influx of movies based on biopics, especially sports in Bollywood and most of them have fared well at the box office. This is the reason why filmmakers have been taking a lot more interest in such stories than before. It in itself has become a genre in Bollywood for we have so many unsung heroes in the country that one or two movies based on true incidents are not enough for the audiences these days. Maybe, this is why 2018 has been the year of biopics and movies based on true stories or events. What makes 2018 a special year for such kind of movies is that the kind of wide spectrum it covered when it comes to the genre of content or choosing people from the different fields of life. Here’s a list of Bollywood Movies of 2018 based on true stories which have released or are going to release soon in this year.
A man who was keen on making his wife understand the importance of menstrual hygiene ends up making low-cost sanitary napkins for women. The movie Padman stars Akshay Kumar in the lead role along with Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. It is based on the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. The movie sure did relax down the taboo around the subject, periods and did help in dropping sanitary napkins out of the tax bracket.
Raazi, in which Alia Bhatt played a Kashmiri undercover agent was an exceptional thriller ever made in Bollywood. The movie is based on a novel by Harinder S. Sikka named Calling Sehmat. A Kashmiri businessman’s daughter upon his father’s orders marries a Pakistani military officer just to surpass the classified information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The movie along with patriotism also taps on the collateral damage that these wars leave behind and how it is inevitable. Watch it for Alia Bhatt’s brilliance in the film.
The filmmakers lately have been squeezing the talent out of an amazing actor in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar who never falls short of his acting ability. Gold released in theatres about three weeks ago and is still going strong. The movie takes you back when Hockey was India’s strongest sport. It is a story of a Bengali young Indian who dreams to win an Olympic Gold for an Independent India and how he diligently achieves it. The movie is based on true events but is not a biopic, per say.
One of the highest grossers of the year, Sanju broke all box office records and Ranbir Kapoor won loads and loads of deserved appreciation for his on-point portrayal of Sanjay Dutt on-screen. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju is Sanjay Dutt’s biopic which sheds light on the controversial life of the actor and what prompted him to make the wrong choices in his life.
Another one is added to the sports biopics of Bollywood this year with Soorma. Diljit Dosanjh played the lead role of an Indian hockey player, Sandeep Singh. It is an inspiring story of a hockey player who was paralysed below the waist for about two years due to an injury shoots back to the field because of his strong willpower and dedication. Sandeep Singh’s story touched many hearts and Diljit Dosanjh’s acting brought the character live on-screen.
J.P. Dutta is best known for his patriotic action war films like Border, Refugee and LOC Kargil. But after more than a decade, he is coming back this September with another film of the same kind, Paltan. The movie is based on Indo-China war at the Sikkim border in 1967 which apparently India won but is not celebrated as much. The movie has a stellar ensemble cast with Arjun Rampal, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane and Gurmeet Chaudhary in the lead roles. It is slated to release this week on 7 September.
Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu starrer Mulk was a story of an Indian Muslim man fighting to reclaim his honour after his close relative is convicted to be a terrorist. The movie is based on a true event which makes it more interesting. The movie slams the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists and it is definitely a must watch.
8. The Accidental Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh was trolled more than he was appreciated for his economical brilliance when he was in power of the country. But now, to tell the story of the man of few words, Anupam Kher is all set to bring the man on-screen in an upcoming film, The Accidental Prime Minister directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. The move will hit the theatres this December.
9. Sajjan Singh Rangroot
Sajjan Singh Rangroot is an Indian war period drama film starring Diljit Dosanjh. The movie is based on true experiences of Sikh soldiers fighting from the western side of the British Indian army. The movie is set around the First World War. Both the fans and the critics loved the movie and Diljit’s performance in the film.
Stree, a Bollywood horror comedy film starring Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao is inspired from the legend of Nale Ba of Bangalore. Apparently, a woman’s ghost used to knock on men’s doors and the ones who opened the door would die. The only way to avoid was to say ‘Nale Ba’ which translates to ‘Come Tomorrow’ in English and this is what the movie is centered around.