Bollywood has a long history of making films on real-life stories and events. Though, this is a trend that has recently caught on very massively and has even done well with the masses. Here is the list of top 10 such films that have done appropriate justice to the real-life heroes/stories.
This Ranveer Singh starrer is based on the true stories of Mumbai’s street rappers - Divine and Naezy. Although it is not a proper biopic, the story is based on the true struggles and accomplishments of the two rappers. Ranveer Singh stars as Murad Sheikh, a young boy from Dharavi 17 who rose to hip hop success.
Based on the surgical strikes conducted by India in Pakistan, the film was the highest commercial success of 2019. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam the film was directed by Aditya Dhar. The movie shows the attack on India and how we planned the counter-attack and successfully completed it. This film was the epitome of patriotism and had every Indian saluting the Indian Army.
Raju Hirani directed the biopic of film star Sanjay Dutt, who was played by Ranbir Kapoor. The film was a massive success and Ranbir received acclaim for his performance. The film shows the uncensored story of Sanjay Dutt from his problems with drugs & alcohol to him leaving his house to his stint in prison.
Akshay Kumar starred in this social message oriented film that was based on the real-life and inventions of Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented inexpensive sanitary napkins for the women in his village. This was a very socially needed film that raised an important message across India and helped take Menstrual hygiene education one step forward.
‘Super 30’, starring Hrithik Roshan in the leading role sees the Bollywood hunk completely shed his action-star image to play the role of Anand Kumar, a Patna-based mathematician and founder of the Super 30 coaching institute. Bordering on the lines of a biopic, the film will also shed light on this Maths wiz and the role he played in coaching his thirty students to ace their exams and catapult their careers.
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, Special 26 showcases the story of a group of individuals, who posed as CBI officers and executed a fake income tax raid in a jewelry shop in Mumbai. The incident happened in 1987. This is one of the rare biopics that are based on the stories of criminals.
This emotional multi-starrer film is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who died in 2015 when she was 18. Aisha tells the love story of her parents over a period of 25 years. Though this is not a story focused entirely on Aisha, the whole movie is narrated by her about how her parents met and how their story went.
Airlift is based on the biggest human evacuation in the history of mankind – thousands of Indians who were based in Kuwait were evacuated by the Indian government after Saddam Hussain invaded the country. Akshay Kumar who essayed the role of a Kuwait-based businessman, went on to win the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.
Neerja showcases the hijack of Pan Am Flight 73, in Karachi, Pakistan. The incident that took place on 5th November 1987, resulted in the death of 20 passengers which included the head purser Neerja Bhanot. The titular role essayed by Sonam Kapoor was a very pivotal film in her career. Neerja Bhanot was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra award for her bravery for saving the lives of countless people onboard the flight.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the biopic about Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete, who overcomes many agonising obstacles in order to become a world champion, Olympian and one of India's most iconic athletes. The role of Milkha Singh was beautifully played by Farhan Akhtar who was able to portray all the right emotions on-screen.