10 Bollywood Films Based On Real Life Events


A comprehensive database based on a true story covering the entire spectrum of the events concerned is sometimes delightfully entertaining. The motion of such an event documented in the form of a movie is generally graphic and true to the content of the real cause. They are realistic and powerful. Sometimes a few bits are too “staged” but knowing the factual accuracy of the story, the minute flaws in the production of a films are usually overridden. With that, the hindi movies listed here glorify a true story and have fascinated audiences worldwide.

  1. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Rakeyesh Omprakash Mehra has managed to depict the life of “Flying Sikh” in a movie slightly over 3 hours and it’s a magnificent tale woven around a childhood trauma and a tantalizing agony of not winning an Olympic medal in athletics; a story of will and hope, a celebration of athletic spirit, a truly inspiring and motivating biopic.


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  1. Ek Doctor Ki Maut

Based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, an Indian Physician who pioneered the IVF, the movie tells a depressing tale of a spirited, maverick medical scientist and his struggle and fight with the corrupt which ultimately leads to his suicide. Pankaj Kapoor does great justice to the role as Dr.Dipankar Roy.


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  1. Paan Singh Tomar

Tigmanshu Dhulia has taken a very bold step without worrying about the commercial equation for this movie which is dedicated to the sportsmen in India who were totally ignored. The story is about one of the unsung heroes of Indian sports history Paan singh tomar who was a brilliant steeplechase athlete of his time. Casting Irrfan Khan in the lead was a wise choice.


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  1. Sardar

A very well researched and well-made film by Ketan Mehta. The movie reaches more commendable heights through an impeccable performance by Paresh Rawal. The subtleties of politics at that time, the characterization and the attention to minute details make it a gripping film.


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  1. Black Friday

The cold chill that trickles down your spine as Dawood Ibrahim is shown in his mansion in Dubai is breathtaking. Based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings, director Anurag Kashyap has pulled off the film brilliantly, and that gives a sense of timeless, unrestrained cinema.


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  1. No One Killed Jessica

The film runs on a very tight script and has a nice flow to it, with the music and songs never releasing the tension or disrupting the flow. Based on the true story of Jessica Lal, a Delhi-based model and restaurant worker who was shot in 1999 at a New Delhi restaurant by Siddharth Vashisht, better known as Manu Sharma, the movie is an expose on corruption that even corrodes the justice system.


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  1. Shootout At Lokhandwala

Based upon the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout of gangster Maya Dolas at the hands of ACP A.A. Khan in November 199, what unfolds for the two hours in the film keeps the viewer frozen to the seat in numb disbelief.


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  1. Special 26

The plot deals with the1987 Opera House heist and in all honesty, it’s the audacity of the crime that’s being committed that we’re here for to watch in the film, and to see just how, in true Ocean’s Eleven style, the robbers get to wriggle their way out of trouble. Director Neeraj Pandey has again done full justice with the story and the movie.


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  1.  Mary Kom

This isn’t ‘Million Dollar Baby” and No, this isn’t “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” too. The movie begins with curfew scenes and coming-of-age drama. The biopic picks up pace as the film progresses and drama sets rolling in with story begin to show light into the life of Mary Kom, the legendary boxer who struggled to reach to the top(five times World Boxing Champion).


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  1. Madras Café

A sinister, evil political thriller by Shoojit Sircar supported by intense acting, screen-play and a panoramic capture of serious geopolitical subject with utmost honesty. Story is beautifully mingled with the time of Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war in the late 1980s and early ’90s. The terrifying Civil War that lasted about 25 years was perfectly scripted and executed along with the assassination plot of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.


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Documents are indexed and retrievable from numerous access points in real life. And Bollywood movies based on true incidents are also growing in quality and number. If you have any other movie for this genre, you can share it with us. Stay tuned… Enjoy!

Honourable mentions: The Dirty Picture, Sins, The Attacks of 26/11, Not a Love Story and Firaaq

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