Bollywood Film Makers Are Getting Real

Amir Khan’s latest film Dangal is based on the life of an ex-wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat.

Bollywood film directors are getting mature day by day. They have realized that their movies need to be more influential and it can only happen only if they look REAL. A lot of movies are a result of inspiration from real-life incidents or people, movies such as Baby, Badlapur and Talvar which were released in 2015. Likewise, 2016 also witnessed the release of such films based on true stories. The year ended with the release of Airlift (based on the true story during Saddam Hussein’s reign: Deportation of Indians from Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion). Other movies include Rustom (based on the true story of naval officer KM Nanavati, who murdered the businessman Prem Ahuja for having an affair with his wife), Neerja (inspired from the true story of late air hostess Neerja Bhanot). They all revolved around the real-life incidents.

Motivational Tales

‘These movies are different as they are about real people. Look around and you will get a lot of such inspirational stories. And if those stories get made in fascinating and amusing format then the sky is the limit,’ says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. He further adds, ‘It’s cheering to see our film-makers getting real’.


Akshay Kumar’s look from movie JOLLY LLB.

It is not the end yet. Bollywood gave scores of successful movies to 2016 based on real stories among which MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (The biographical film about the Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni), Happy Bhaag Jayegi ( based on the true story of a girl in the background of cross-border Indo-Pak tension), Sarbjit (Based on the killing of Indian prisoner Sarbjit Singh, and his sister’s tireless effort for his release), Udta Punjab (film based on drug abuse in Punjab), Aligarh (based on the story of an Aligarh Muslim University professor, Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was singled out due to his sexual orientation) and Raman Raghav 2.0 (the insane serial killer of ‘60s) are worth noticing.


A romantic scene from a movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story starring Sushant Singh Rajput


Recently released, Aamir Khan’s Dangal (based on the toiling of ex-wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat to make his daughters world class eminent wrestlers) has astounded the Hindi cinema. As usual, Aamir Khan once again has given one of the biggest blockbusters to the Bollywood.


Akshay Kumar is one of the brilliant actors who portrays the real life heroes in such a manner that it is no match. He worked in a number of real life movies, for instance, Rustom, Baby and Special 26. He says about these movies, ‘Real stories are extremely captivating’. He adds. “You may have heard or read about real incidents or historical events, but watching them visually on screen is amazing. For example, if I were to show you how Shivaji (Maratha warrior) fought courageously in wars in a movie, you would be more absorbed [in him].



Fascinatingly, it seems like Bollywood film-makers will continue making real films-with bells in 2017 too. So, while Akshay Kumar stars in Jolly LLB 2 (based on whole lot true events), Kangna Ranaut stars in Simran (based on an Indian girl in the US, who gets involved in the world of crime).


Raja Krishna’s Airlift starring Akshay Kumar

Raja Krishna Menon, the director of movie Airlift that was released last year, says that with real stories, the “storytelling talent becomes very distinguishable”. “Also, the sequential style becomes very clear and organized. So the creation of such stories is much the same to the way we hear tales at home from our elders, with a clean beginning, middle and climax,” he says.


2017 will also witness Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Depika Padukone play Rawal Ratan Singh, Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini respectively. Even Arjun Rampal is done with the shooting of Daddy, which is based on the story of don-politician, Arun Gawli. Film exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi says, “Hindi film-makers have become the part of the bandwagon too late. Real life stories have been often chosen in Hollywood and even in Chinese and Iranian films. You can easily identify and relate them. The only skill is to make them in an enchanting and captivating manner,”


Kabir Khan’s Tubelight starring Salman Khan

The list also involves Kabir Khan’s Tubelight-starring Salman Khan, which unrolls at the time of the Indo-China war of 1962 and Battle of Saragarhi, showed how 21 Sikh soldiers bravely fought a redoubtable opposition — 10,000 Afghan soldiers. Plus, Shraddha Kapoor will play the role of don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, Haseena Parkar in Haseena.


Akshay Kumar’s stern look in Rustom

Adarsh puts thing in view. “Our spicy Hindi films will always remain alive but successfulness of real stories proves that our audiences are open to newer stories and ideas,” he says.