Bollywood has failed to produce inspirational non-fictional movies on a consistent basis. However, there have been few films which have gone that extra yard to exhibit the real stories with exuberant charm. I wouldn’t blame the producers when it comes to the failure of the Hindi film industry to recreate real-life events on-screen with great efficiency. It is the audience itself who seeks entertainment and Masala in each of the movies that release. The taste and the intellect have been missing for years which is why we see only a handful of great biopics come our way.
The inefficiency to make such movies is also a result of the censor board and the politicians who are ready to oppose any harsh reality showed on the screen. This makes it even worse for the producers and the filmmakers to attempt such movies that revolve around true stories. We all are to be blamed for the downfall of the realistic movies. These factors force producers to take a safer route, throw some Bollywood melodramatic masala, and get on with the business. At the end of the day, that is all that works.
However, there have been producers who have been brave enough to turn real-life stories into visual delights. Today, we reflect on such B-Town films which are inspirational and based on true events.
Wonderful Inspirational Bollywood Movies Based on Real Stories
Director: Ram Madhvani
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravijiani, Yogendra Tiku
Neerja is the tale of an Indian air hostess who sacrificed her life in order to protect the passengers on the Pan American Flight. The flight was held hostage by a group of terrorists. Neerja, played by Sonam Kapoor in the film, exhibited immense bravery to shield the passengers, and as a result was shot by one of the terrorists. The entire set of events that occurred on that plane in 1986 is nicely laid down to the audience by the director.
Sonam Kapoor stood out in her role as Neerja Bhanot. At no point in time, she was out of her character. She was Neerja throughout the film. The film is heart-wrenching to the core. But the courage and intellect shown by the air hostess are commendable. With flawless direction and superb acting skills, the film shows us the event as it would’ve happened. The story of brave Neerja Bhanot is an inspiring one, and the filmmakers leave no stone unturned while depicting it on the big screens.
8Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015)
Director: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
Excellent actors coupled up with an awe-inspiring event and over the par direction makes Manjhi an exquisite piece of art. The story is inspired by the real-life event of Dashrath Manjhi who carved an entire path by cutting down on a mountain. The reason behind his courageous move was the death of his wife who couldn’t make it to the hospital because of the poor transport facilities and lack of the roads. He single-handedly cut down a mountain for 22 years with a hammer and a chisel and shortened a 55km road to mere 15km.
This inspiring story is very well executed to perfection and Nawazuddin Siddiqui stands tall to his image. He shows immaculate acting prowess and immerses himself in the character of the mountain man, Manjhi. To the disappointment of the filmmakers, the film was leaked days before it was released on the big screens. However, one cannot find a single frame in the movie which can be written off. Regardless of the business, it made at the Box Office, the art was appreciated at several film festivals.
7M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani
It is safe to say that the Captain Cool, M. S. Dhoni has inspired an entire generation. That being said, a movie on his journey from being a small town boy from Jhansi to become the undisputed captain of the Indian National Cricket Team has to be inspiring. Neeraj Pandey does a decent job in terms of direction, and Sushant Singh Rajput shines as the on-screen Dhoni. Had the VFX being on point, the movie would’ve been in the top 3 without a doubt. Also, many believed that the tale of Dhoni was altered to an extent to raise the entertainment value of the movie.
Regardless of what the filmmaker did with the script, our captain fantastic has always inspired us to the fullest. A glorious career in the history of the world cricket was depicted brilliantly by the director. Goosebumps are guaranteed when the last frame of the movie moves forward with Ravi Shastri commentary in the background. ” And Dhoni finishes off in style”
Director: J. P. Dutta
Cast: Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Pooja Bhatt, Jackie Shroff
I was surprised to know that Border was based on a real-life event. The movie always had me in terms of the emotions and the sacrifice of the Indian soldiers, but never ever I knew that the movie was inspired by a real-life event. To be precise, the movie was based on the Battle of Longewala which was a part of Indo-Pak war of 1971. The beauty of the film was reflected in its box office collection as it became the highest grosser of 1997. The story of 120 Indian soldiers fighting with all their might and courage to defend a battalion of 2000 Pakistani soldiers backed with ample ammunition is a really inspiring one.
The story was executed on the screens with much flair. Along with the battle, the director did well to showcase the emotional side of the families of the soldiers. It was a complete package which had emotions, action, drama, and romance, all combined beautifully to give an outstanding movie. After all the years that have passed, the movie is still regarded as a real gem even today.
5The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sunil Grover, Amrita Rao, Sushant Singh
The National award winner, The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a milestone film in the career of Ajay Devgn as well as the veteran director, Rajkumar Santoshi. The film stresses on the efforts put in by the great freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh to fight the British Imperialism to gain independence for the country. It felt like the pre-independence era throughout the film because of the continuous sepia tint. The direction and story-telling were precise to the core.
Along with an important event in the Indian history, the film was matched with prolific acting by Ajay Devgn who played the role of Bhagat Singh. He even won his only National award for acting for the film. The story of Bhagat Singh was always an inspiring one, and to exhibit it in the film with such perfection was a sign of brilliance from the filmmakers.
Director: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Paresh Rawal
It is a movie based on one of the greatest freedom fighters of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Paresh Rawal, as usual, does his job with great efficiency. Effortless is the word to describe his acting prowess in the film. Ketan Mehta is an ace director, and the film just reflects on his vision and filmmaking abilities. The movie reflects upon the work done by Sardar to bring independence to the state. The story of the ironman of India is very well depicted in the movie which makes it worthy of being on the list of best inspirational movies based on true stories.
The film was released in 1993 and was written by the ace screenwriter, Vijay Tendulkar. It not only focuses on the struggles of Sardar to make India an independent nation but also emphasizes on how he had differences with president Nehru after the death of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie ends on a good note which surely leaves the audience with tears and most of all, goosebumps.
Director: Raj Krishna Menon
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur
Airlift is based on the true event of the evacuation the of a record number of Indian-origin people staying in Kuwait during the Saddam Hossain’s raid in the country. The evacuation was bravely led by a Kuwait-based businessman, Ranjit Katyal played by Akshay Kumar. The high budget film was highly appreciated by the critics. Also, it garnered plenty of recognition in the award functions at the year of its release. The film also has a national award to its name.
The story of Ranjit Katyal freeing up more than 170000 Indian refugees with the help of the Air India is an interesting tale to watch it on screens. Kumar does a fine job with his role in the film. The direction is good, and the background music keeps the entire movie intact. There is a good amount of entertainment that comes naturally along with a true story. It is a fine movie, to say the least.
2Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Director: Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Prakash Raj
Biopics don’t get better than this. The director uses all his might and vision to create a wonderful masterpiece which is stitched to form a beautiful movie. Farhan Akhtar stands out as a performer. He ticks off everything that is required for him to look like an athlete. He has worked hard on his body, which is quite reflective on how he appears in the movie. The life story of Milkha Singh is portrayed with perfection which guarantees you goosebumps. The cinematography of the film is exquisite and keeps the audience amazed throughout the film.
If any director plans on making a biopic, BMB has to be the benchmark. The amount of thought the filmmakers have put to make it a huge success is commendable. It is surely one of the best biopics ever made in the history of the Indian Cinema. The songs are good and catchy as well. It is entertaining and yet covers the true events in the life of our Flying Jatt, Milkha Singh. It will definitely inspire to chase your dreams like the great runner.
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sakshi Tiwari, Zaira Wasim, Sanya Malhotra, Aparikshit Khurana
Mr. Perfectionist has to be on the list when it comes to giving inspiring movies to the B-Town. He is the only Khan to inspire the masses on a consistent basis. However, before Dangal, none of his movies were based on a real-life event. But with Dangal, he proves that he is not one of the best, but the best actor in the Bollywood. The movie depicts the story of two Indian sister wrestlers, Geeta and Babita Pohgat. Aamir Khan plays the role of their dad in the movie who trains and inspires them to get gold medals for the nation on the biggest stage.
The direction is outstanding, but what is even more brilliant is the acting from all the actors in the movie. It flows very smoothly on the screen and gets over leaving you with goosebumps. Aamir Khan runs the show, and it is needless to say, that the movie has to be perfect in all its aspects. From entertainment to screenwriting, everything is engaging. Dangal tops the list of best inspirational movies based on real-life events. It had to be Aamir Khan’s movie by all means.
With this, we conclude our blog on the top inspirational movies of Bollywood based on true events. We hope you liked our reviews for the same. If you feel that any movie deserves to be on the list, leave your feedback in the comments section below and we will be happy to review it.