Well, movies are a medium for entertainment today. However, in addition to that, it also displays the reality of life through fictional stories inspired by the characters or lives observed by filmmakers. Most of the movies are freshly written, while there are many which are inspired from famous books or themes.
Being said that, you can also come across a few films every year based on real life events. The only flaw with making such films based on reality is simply the fact that such films create controversies as the real-life events on which the film is based wouldn’t be any normal day-to-day issue but an event that may be linked to a huge scandal, mystery, terrorist attack, etc.
Hence, only a few filmmakers take their chances and try to present these real life events on the silver screen for the audience to see a clear picture. Although movies are produced for entertainment, such reality-based films actually inspire us and makes us ask the most important question, which is whether we are bothered or not. If yes, then can we change and help make this world a better place!
If we could make this world a better place or not, is a question that can only be answered with time. However, I would recommend everyone in India to take some time out and watch the follow list of top Bollywood films based on real life events.
Best Bollywood Movies about Real Life Events
1993 Bombay bombings are certainly the blackest chapter in Indian history after the Independence. However, none of the filmmakers ever took the initiative to make a film on this event. Although, there were a lot of films made around the Underworld theme, but none were even close to the Bombay bombings. It could be because the verdict was still pending or it may be the fear of the Underworld. Yet, in the year 2004, Anurag Kashyap and his team decided to make a film based on the book, The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts written by Hussain Zaidi. Still, the film was shelved and stopped from release for 3 years by Censor Board as the verdict of the serial bomb blasts was still pending in Supreme Court.
The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was one of the gruesome events in India as the suicide bomb attack on the then Prime Minister was telecast all over India and most probably the world. Well, Madras Cafe is a film about the true events that led to the assassination plot. Yes, Madras Cafe is a film directed by Shoojit Sircar that talks about the Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Starring John Abraham as an Indian Army officer Major Vikram Singh, the story of the film is narrated through his experiences and observations. As expected, Madras Cafe also faced a lot of criticism at the time of its release.
Aarushi murder case is the most talked about, controversial as well as mysterious murder case in the history of Indian Judicial system. Hence, a film on the same was inevitable. Rahasya is one of the films based on the real Aarushi murder case. The film is directed by Manish Gupta and includes versatile actors such as Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mita Vashisht and Ashwini Kaslekar in different characters. Although the names of the characters are different, you can link them with the real characters easily as the Aarushi murder case was one of the highly publicized cases in the Indian history. Although the film was based on this high-profile murder case, the story of the film is not entirely same as the whole case.
No one Killed Jessica
Before Aarushi murder case, it was Jessica Lal murder case that was the talk of the town everywhere. Unlike the Aarushi murder case, which was an unsolved mystery even today, the Jessica Lal murder case was a plain chapter. This 2011 biographical thriller film, No One Killed Jessica starring Vidya Balan as Sabrina Lal and Rani Mukerji as Meera Gaity, narrated the story of the whole case for the audience to give a clearer picture. Although the verdict was out and the culprit was found guilty, this film directed by Rajkumar Gupta forced us to question our judicial system.
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Shootout at Lokhandwala
During the 90’s, Underworld mafia is quite active in India, especially in Mumbai, the headquarters of the Underworld mafia led by different gangsters. One such mafia gangster was Maya Dolas. He was shot dead by the Mumbai Police force led by Aftab Ahmed Khan during the famous 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, a real-life gun battle between gangsters and Mumbai Police. After more than 15 years or so, this shootout event inspires Apoorva Lakhia to make Shootout at Lokhandwala that narrated a story before the shootout that was centered highly upon Maya Dolas and his gang until the ultimate shootout. Shootout at Lokhandwala is one of the Best Films About Underworld and Mafia.
Yet another film based on Aarushi murder case is the 2015 drama film Talvar. Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi and many others in important roles, the film is directed by Meghna Gulzar. Unlike Rahasya, Talvar is purely based on the 2008 Double Murder Case, also known as Aarushi Murder Case. The film tries to narrate the story from the perspective of Irrfan Khan’s character, Ashwin Kumar, which was based on real-life CBI Investigator Arun Kumar, IPS, the lead investigator of Aarushi Murder Case. Instead of the giving away the verdict, the film displays all the possible events and lets the audience decide for themselves.
Rakht Charitra Series
Rakht Charitra is a two-part film series directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The complete series is based on the life of Paritala Ravindra, portrayed by Vivek Oberoi in the film as Pratap Ravi. The film tells us about the political gundaraj that still prevails in some parts of Andhra Pradesh. The film stars many versatile actors alongside Vivek Oberoi. Some of the notable actors in the film are Tamil Superstar Suriya, Shatrughan Sinha, Sudeep, Kota Srinivas Rao, Zarina Wahab, Radhika Apte and many others.
The Attack of 26/11
Now, if the 93’ Bombay serial bomb blast is the darkest chapter in Indian history post independence, then the 2008 Mumbai attacks was surely the most ruthless terrorist attacks in India. Nobody can forget the black day in the life of Mumbikers on that unfortunate day when some morons entered into the city and started open fire killing many innocent lives. The whole incident was recreated in the form of cinema as an Indian docudrama thriller film, The Attack of 26/11 directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Although the film got appreciative comments from critics all over the globe, the film failed at the box office, mainly due to the dark subject.
Border is an Indian war film based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Directed by J.P. Dutta, the film is said to be one of those films that triggered the patriotic side of every Indian. With a multi-star cast of Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshay Khanna, Pooja Bhatt, Tabu, Rakhee and many others, the film was a great tribute to the war heroes of 1971 Indo-Pakistani war. Although a full-on action film, the film also had some great songs penned by the great Javed Akhtar and composed by Anu Malik. Border is one of the Best films on Indian Army and their Life at the Border.
Bawandar is a 2000 Indian biographical film based on the life of a gang rape victim Bhanwari Devi from Bhateri, Rajasthan. Directed by Jag Mundhra, the film stars Nandita Das in the lead role of Sanwari, the character based on Bhanwari Devi. The film opens up about the political and social influence in our Judiciary system and the lack of justice to the rape victims, especially in the remote villages, where conservative village elders are still holding the charge for judgments, despite the fact that the Gram Panchayats are not allowed to interfere in Judicial matters. The film tries to draw our attention to the unfortunate fact that how, despite being an open and shut case, the manipulation and influence of politicians and the society kept Bhanwari Devi away from the rightful justice that she deserved.