It’s raining biopics in Bollywood

Biopics, the real-life stories of famous personalities have been received well by the fans and biopics has done well at the box office too. Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor acted in the movie Sanju -one man many lives based on Sanjay Dutt’s life. It’s been trending with hashtag #sanju after much awaited trailer being released on May 30 intensifying the audience curiosity and seems like an emotional rollercoaster ride which encapsulates the ups and downs, the light and darkness, the bouquets and brickbats that were part of Sanju’s life.The biopic wave has been nothing short of an obsession in Bollywood lately, with more than 40 films produced at a rapid rate in the past decade alone. The trend reached its peak in 2016 with 12 films, including hits, such as Dangal, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, followed by eight movies in 2015 and six in 2017. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, and Manjhi: The Mountain Man, Actor Shraddha Kapoor’s Haseena Parkar, Rajkummar Rao-starer Omerta were some of the biopics that garnered both love and critical acclaim of audiences.

To prove their mettle directors and actors are pairing up for these kind of real-life stories. This include Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Anupam Kher’s take on the life of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray in Thackeray, Perfectionist Aamir Khan will play the role of astronaut Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel to space. Akshay as T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar in Mogul, It will trace Gulshan’s rags-to-riches story till the time he was shot dead outside a temple in Mumbai in 1997. This untitled film stars actor Hrithik Roshan as mathematician Anand Kumar, the founder of the initiative Super 30, who selects 30 talented candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the IIT-JEE entrance exam. Shraddha Kapoor steps into the shoes of Padma Bhushan awardee badminton player Saina Nehwal, who won a bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics. Actor Boman Irani will play the role of Kailash Satyarthi, in the movie Jhalki who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Deepika Padukone is going to act in the movie on PV Sindhu an Olympic silver medallist in badminton.

The biopic is a new storytelling technique that has been in vogue far longer abroad and came to India much later. These kind of pictures bring the life stories of distinguished personalities who once existed, impacted and left a mark on the society. The fantasy element of Hindi movies is changing; audiences are interested in realistic biopics. A biopic, apart from obvious realism, it should accompany with a sense of inspiration for audiences while the film continue to entertain.

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