Biopics have been enough to grab the attention of all the movie buffs like us. You expect a lot from Biopics, from knowing the celebrity’s lifestyle to their controversies to their life’s journey- a biopic is generally all of it. And not to forget the ones who playing the characters of the celebrity. Though, every time a biopic is not about a celebrity its also about some common people who rose to fame through their hard work, struggle or generosity. A biopic in Bollywood has always been well-recieved by the critics. Forget about autobiographies, we all are now more intended to know about some people by watching their story on the big screen.
Expectations from a Biopic
Bollywood has made Biopics on characters associated with history, entertainment, sports or just a common man/woman. First of all we all expect the leading actors essaying the role of the person on whom the biopic is made, to be appropriate like him/her. Second, we also wish the director of the biopic to make the story line more real and it should not contain any sorts of flak content. Thirdly, we also have expectations that it should be impressive and must make a big mark.
Here are some Bollywood Biopics that are worth the mention
The Legend Of Bhagat Singh: This 2002 historical drama was about the freedom struggle of Bhagat Singh which was portrayed by Ajay Devgn. The movie won critical acclain and the music was scored none other than A.R Rahman. The movie was also nominated for Best background score in the 50th National Awards.
Jodha Akbar: Who can forget about the Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Rajput wife Jodhabai. This movie by Ashutosh Gowarikar showed the love story of Akbar and Jodha. The movie created a lot of buzz due to the pairing of Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai after Dhoom 2, who played Akbar and Jodha respectively.
The Dirty Picture: This movie was based on the life of Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati, who later got fame by the name Silk Smitha, (played by Vidya Balan) an adult film star belonging to South India. It also starred Emraan Hashmi, Naseerudin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor. The film won critical acclain from the critics as well as the audience. It also won several awards. Vidya Balan was well recieved by her spectacular perfomance and also won numerous awards includin a National Award, Filmfare Award and IIFA Award and also the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.
Paan Singh Tomar: This movie is based on the life of an athlete named Paan Singh Tomar who is a soldier in the Indian National Army and later wins a gold medal at the Indian National Games but actually becomes a bandit under miserable circumstances. Irrfan Khan played the titular role and the movie recieved positive reviews from the critics. Mahi Gill and Nawazuddin Siddiqui played a very powerful supporting role.
Rang Rasiya: It is based on the life of the well-known Indian painter Raja Ravi Verma who was one of the greatest painters in India. Randeep Hooda essayed the character of the famous painter. It also starred Nandana Sen as the female lead opposite him.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: This is one of the best biopics of Indian Cinema. It is the story of the famous Indian athlete Milkha Singh whom we know as the ‘Flying Sikh’. He was a national runner and an Olympic Medalist. Farhan Akhtar played the lead role. The movie also entered the 100 crore club with its huge success. It also starred Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta and Prakash Raj.
Bajirao Mastani: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Bajirao Matani’ will nbe always remembered by us. The movie is based on the lovestory of a warrior Peshwa Bajirao and a Rajput princess Mastani, played by Ranvir Singh and Deepika Padukone respectively. Priyanka Chopra played the role of Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai. The movie was a huge succesess critically as well as in terms of income.
Neerja: This is an emotional story of an Indian Flight Attendant named Neerja Bhanot who saved gave up her life in saving numerous passengers travelling in Pan Am 73 which was hi-jacked by a group of terrorists in Karachi, belonging to the Abu Nidal Organization. Shabana Azmi played the role of Neerja Bhanot’s mother Rama Bhanot.
Azhar: Azhar is inspired by the story of the famous Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin who was the former Indian Cricket team captain. It starred Emraan Hashmi in the lead role while Prachi Shah played the role of Azhar’s first wife Naureen and Nargis Fakhri played the role of Sangeeta Bijlani, the second wife of Azhar. The story focused on the allegations of a match-fixing faced by Azhar himself.
As of now there are numerous biopics lined up and one of them ready to release is MS.Dhoni: An Untold story which is about the journey of Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, essayed by Sushant Singh Rajput. Also there are lots of buzz about Ranbir Kapoor playing the role of Sanjay Dutt in his biopic as well as Kishore Kumar. Also Kangana Ranaut is soon going to portray the role of famous yesteryear’s Bollywood actress Madhubala.