the days when a young couple would prance around a tree, singing songs about
their love. Bollywood has begun evolving with movies becoming more and more believable by
the day. Be it gangster Manya Surve's death in a gunfight, the tragic story of
how a young Ankur Arora lost his life due to medical negligence, or the
devastating 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai; real life incidents have found
their way to the silver screen, showing Indian cinema's transition towards realism. In the
year 2013 itself, there has been an influx of films based on real life
incidents. Read on as BollyCurry brings to you a few films which hold
resemblance to true incidents.
the first films that comes to our minds when we talk about movies based on real life incidents is Ankur
Arora Murder Case
. The suspense-thriller dealt with the sensitive issue
of medical negligence, where a young boy loses his life during a minor surgery
simply due to the surgeon's sheer negligence. Based on the true story of a
young boy who lost his life in a similar case, the film included a talented
star-cast including KayKay Menon, Tisca Chopra
, Paoli Dam and Arjun Mathur.
However, the film received mixed to negative reviews as some critics felt that
the issue was not dealt with adequate sensitivity.
we have the crime-thriller Special 26
This film was inspired by the "perfect robbery" that took place in
the famous Tribhovandas Bhimji Zhaveri jewelry store back in 1987. Comprising
of a stellar star-cast that included Akshay Kumar
, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill,
Manoj Bajpai, Divya Dutta and Kajal Aggarwal
, the movie opened to mostly
positive reviews from critics and also sent the cash registers ringing! The novelty of the film lay in the fact
that the audience was left guessing everyone's loyalty till the end, making the
climax came as a shock to one and all. Surely, this is a must watch movie for
we're talk of crime thrillers, how can we not mention the popular Shootout at Wadala
? The film was based on the
first registered encounter that took place near the Ambedkar College in Wadala
in the year 1982, where notorious gangster Manya Surve was shot to death. The
film comprised of popular actors such as Anil Kapoor
, John Abraham
Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood and Kangana Ranaut
and also featured a cameo by
the yesteryear beauty, Sonali Bendre
Behl. The film opened to mixed reviews from
the critics but still managed to go on to become a hit.
incident which will be etched into the lives of every Mumbaikar would have to
be the terror attacks of 26th November 2008 where 26 assailants entered Mumbai
and attacked various hotels and other popular locations, mostly in South
Mumbai. Famous director Ram Gopal Verma adapted this incident for celluloid and The Attacks of 26/11
being. While the film didn't boast of popular names in its star-cast,
the veteran Nana Patekar, it received mostly positive reviews from the
critics, with one famous film critic stating the movie to be the best
portrayal of terrorism in recent years.
talk about movies based on real life incidents, and we don't talk about the
infamous Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
, we wouldn't
be doing justice. The biographical sports-drama brought to light the
life story of the Indian Olympian Milkha Singh, more famously known as
"Flying Sikh". Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film featured
exemplary performances by able and talented actors including Farhan
Akhtar in the
title role, Divya Dutta, Sonam Kapoor
, Prakash Raj and Australian
actress, Rebecca Breeds. The movie opened to largely positive reviews
and went on to
become a favorite amongst the masses. Bhaag
also managed to enter the prestigious 100 crore club and
went on to become one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of the year.
from the aforementioned films, movies such as Shahid
and Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai
were also loosely based on real life incidents.
With the above defining movies, BollyCurry hopes that the upcoming films of 2014 based on real life incidents, such as Mary Kom's biopic, are appreciated by the critics and audiences alike, and
send the cash registers ringing all year end! Until then, here's wishing all the readers of BollyCurry a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Editor(s): Pooja B. & Jenifer Y.
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