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Best Bollywood movies based on true stories

Bollywood is fast emerging as a force to reckon with. B-town is diverting from the regular song and dance routine to an industry that is churning out films based on real life incidents. These days many talented Bollywood filmmakers are investing their money and time in making movies that are inspired from true stories. Here is a list of 12 best Bollywood movies based on true stories.

Paan Singh Tomar

Year of release: 2012

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahi Gill, Vipin Sharma

Based on: Athelete Paan singh tomar

Directed by the renowned Bollywood director Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar is a biographical film based on the true story of national level athlete Paan Singh Tomar. Paan Singh was an Indian Army official, who won a gold medal at National Games. Circumstances at his native village forced him to become a notorious bandit . Irrfan plays the role of Paan Singh Tomar.

Buddha In A Traffic Jam

Year of release: End of 2012

Cast: Mahie Gill, Viveck Vaswani, Pallavi Joshi, Anupam Kher

Based on: Arundhati Roy

Produced by Friday Night Productions and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, this film is based on the life of Arundhati Roy. Mahie Gill will portray the role of Roy and it is learnt that she is preparing hard to get into the skin of the character. Arunoday Singh and Anupam Kher will also play important characters in the film.

Not A Love Story

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Mahie Gill, Deepak Dhobriyal and Ajay Gehi

Based on: Television executive Neeraj Grover

Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, ‘Not a Love Story’ is based on the brutal murder of the young television executive Neeraj Grover by the aspiring actress Maria Susairaj and Emile Jerome Mathew, her fiancee. Neeraj, 25, was killed in May 2008 by Mathew. Later, Mathew and Maria chopped Neeraj’s body into pieces and burnt them in a forest to destroy evidence.

The Dirty Picture

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi

Based on: Silk Smitha

Directed by Milan Luthria, The Dirty Picture is a biographical film based on the life of seductive South Indian actress Silk Smitha. Vidya Balan has played the role of Silk Smitha, who was famous for portraying erotic roles. Luthria tried to trace Silk Smitha’s journey in this well-written film.

Black Friday

Year of release: 2004

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Imtiaz Ali, Pratima Kazmi, Zakir Hussain

Based on: 1993 Bombay Bomb Blasts

Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, this hard-hitting film is based on a book named ‘Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts’. This book is based on the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai and is written by senior journalist S. Hussain Zaidi. In this film, Anurag has perfectly created the events and situations that unfolded after the blasts.

Chak de India

Year of release: 2007

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, Shilpa Shukla, Tanya Abrol, Anaitha

Based on: Indian Hockey player, Mir Ranjan Negi

Produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Shimit Amin, this film stars Shahrukh Khan in the lead role. Shah Rukh plays the role of Kabir Khan, the former captain of the Indian hockey team, who was ostracized after Indian team’s defeat against Pakistan. Kabir Khan, however, returns after seven years to redeem himself and decides to become the coach for Indian women’s hockey team. He guided the team to World Cup victory. The film is all about the trials and tribulations faced by Kabir Khan from his failure to the World Cup victory.

No One Killed Jessica

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan

Based on: Jessica Lall

Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, this film is based on the murder of bar tender Jessica Lall. Accomplished Bollywood star Vidya Balan, has played the central role of Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister. Rani Mukherji plays the role of a TV journalist, which seems to be inspired by well-known journalist Barkha Dutt.

Ragini MMS

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Raj Kumar Yadav, Kainaz Motivala

Based on: Ragini

Produced by Ekta Kappor and directed by Pawan Kripalani, this supernatural horror film is partly based on the real story of a Delhi-based girl. More than half of the film is a work of fiction, with horror element added in it, to make it commercially viable.

Shootout at Lokhandwala

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Arbaaz Khan, Tusshar Kapoor

Based on: 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout

Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, Shootout at Lokhandwala is based on the shootout that took place in 1991 at Lokhandwala complex between Mumbai Police and gangsters. Sanjay Dutt plays the role of Additional commissioner of police (ACP) A.A. Khan, who led the ATS team that carried on the operation. Vivek Oberoi played the role of a gangster.


Year of release: 2000

Cast: Deepti Naval, Nandita Das

Based on: Bhanwari Devi

Directed by Jag Mundhra, Bawandar or The Sand Storm is based on the true story of a rape victim named Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari lives in Rajasthan and in this film, Mundhra has depicted the personal hardship, public humiliation and the legal hassles faced by the woman in her quest to find justice.

Jodha Akbar

Year of release: 2008

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ila Arun

Based on: Muslim Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great

Directed by the Academy Award-nominated Ashutosh Gowariker, the film is based on the romanctic encounter between the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great and Rajput Princess Jodhabai, who eventually becomes his wife. Hrithik plays the role of Akbar while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan portrays Jodha Bai’s character.

Rakt Charitra

Year of release: 2010

Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Suriya, Sudeep, Shatrughan Sinha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Abhimanyu Singh, Priyamani, Radhika Apte

Based on: Paritala Ravindra

Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, Rakta Charitra is a two-part Indian film, based on the life of criminal-turned politician Paritala Ravindra. Vivek Oberoi plays the lead role of Ravindra. In the second part, Suriya plays the role of Ravindra’s antagonist Surya.

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