Beautiful portrayals and gripping narratives made these biopics a must watch
Over the years if there is one thing that has good happened in Bollywood in terms of great content, besides the OTT platform with raw narratives, it is the emergence of biopics. It is a genre with a narrative that is essentially picked straight out of someone’s life, someone of national importance, and someone who rose to fame from their struggles, a sportsperson or anyone whose life has been a great source of inspiration for the country on the whole.
Based on the life of Neerja Bhanot, the flight attendant who threw her life to save many other lives, irrespective of their nationality when the plane she was on was hijacked. Neerja’s character played by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja earned her a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards. Directed by Ram Madhvani, the movie also won a National Award for Best Feature Film.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, this sports biopic narrates the life journey of former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni. The film shows his life from a ticket collector to becoming an admired cricketer of his time. Dhoni was played by late Sushant Singh Rajput who earned praises for his performance.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
A Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film, the director took upon the difficult job of bringing to the big screen life of the legendary runner India ever had. The life of ‘Flying Sikh’ aka Milkha Sigh set in the pre and post-partition era is a delight to watch with Farhan Akhtar portraying the part beautifully and aesthetically. The film traces the journey of this former sprinter traces from his early life in the army and how he fought various odds to become what he is.
The Accidental Prime Minister
Starring Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, this biopic is based on author Sanjaya Baru’s book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Baru served as the media advisor to the former prime minister during his tenure.
Manjhi: The Mountain Man
Itis based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, an ordinary man who had set out on an extraordinarily difficult mission with just a hammer and a chisel to carve a road in his village to connect it to the nearest town. Played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film is an ode to him for dedicating 22 years of his life to this work.
Few other Bollywood biopics to look out for are Shahid based on the life of human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, Super 30 based on the life of a teacher in Bihar and many more.