Anurag Sharma & Sakshi Malik
Some lives are inspiring, others are interesting and some just give you the required ‘entertainment, entertainment, entertainment’. Our folks in the film industry know how to turn a life into a super-hit flick. Here are 10 biopics that proved to be super duper hits.
1. Mary Kom
Mary Kom is the latest addition in the biopic segment of our Hindi films. It is based on the life and times of the Olympic boxer MC Mary Kom. The role was brilliantly essayed by Priyanka Chopra. This film also marked the directorial debut of set designer and creative director, Omung Kumar. Mary Kom won many a hearts and was successful in impressing the critics and the audience as well.
2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
The film was helmed by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra of “Rang De Basanti” fame. It’s based on the life of India’s medal magnet athlete Milkha Singh. It also successfully portrayed the harsh realities of Indo-Pak partition and the families that migrated from that side of the border to this side.
3. No One Killed Jessica
As the title suggests, the film was based on the Jessica Lal murder case of the capital. It actually is a biopic that focuses on the life of Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s sister. The human value added to the film was because of the consequences the family suffered after the murder. Another touch of reality that the film had, was that aspect where a journalist takes the nation by storm and had the courts re-address the case which was shut.
4. The Dirty Picture
“Entertainment, entertainment, entertainment”, this film gave our film industry this legendary dialogue and sky-rocketed actress Vidya Balan’s career. Directed by Milan Luthria, “The Dirty Picture” brings the life of yesteryear southern sensation Silk Smitha on the screen. How she rose to fame, fell and finally in the year 1996, she committed suicide.
5. Paan Singh Tomar
A brilliant actor of the sorts of Irrfan Khan, a master director Thigmanshu Dhulia and a life which succumbed to the wounds that this cruel and selfish society gave it. An athlete, an officer and a badman later. These roles were played by the same man in his lifetime. Paan Singh Tomar, a lifetime of laurels, fame and crime. This film can be held responsible to have started a trend of sports dramas in our Hindi film industry and was followed by films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom respectively.
Hansal Mehta, made a masterclass film with minimalistic budget and star cast. Now what really was unique about this film is the story of lawyer Shahid Azmi. A victim of the Bombay riots, Shahid fled to a militant training camp in the Pak dominated Kashmir and came back after a few months. But Shahid was sent to Tihar under TADA. Somehow he decided to pursue his career as a lawyer in Bombay court. Shahid’s character was played by Rajkumar Rao and it also won him a National Award in the best actor category.
7. Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is a freedom fighter, respected by all. The nation is proud to have such a son on her land, that managed to unite an army against the British forces. But less is known about the life and times of the freedom fighter. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal took charge to herald the glorious story of Netaji.
8. Bandit Queen
Chambal Valley and the decade of 70’s. A girl belonging to a lower cast drank water from a well that was meant for the people from the so called upper castes, the men abducted her, kept her starving for days and raped her frequently. Later she becomes one of the most dreaded bandits of the belt and takes her revenge from the Zamindars. Perfect story for a movie plot, it seems and filmmakers too harnessed the potential of this story and made a film called “Bandit Queen”.
Dhirubhai Ambani, the name is enough to give one the feel of exuberance and the power but director Mani Ratnam was successful in bringing alive the struggles, joys and sorrows of the man. The successful empire that Reliance today is, was a brain child of a visionary. This film is also believed to be the film where Jr. Bacchan and Aishwarya Rai’s love blossomed.
10. Chak De! India
This film came from the big ones. When Aditya Chopra decided to make a biopic, it was meant to be a superhit already. Shahrukh Khan played the protagonist and his circumstances played the other side. An accusation, 10 years of shame and 12 rookie hockey playing girls. This was all Chak De! had to offer. It was based on the life of Ranjan Negi, an ex-hockey player accused of fixing an international match, but Negi proved his mettle 10 years later, after being appointed as the coach of Indian women’s hockey team.
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