Bollywood Films That Were Based On True Events

A lot of the time we want to entertain ourselves with movies that are full of romance, action, and comedy. But sometimes what draws our attention are stories based on true events. And the reality that is buried in those dramatic embellishments, is worth watching. So below are some of the Bollywood films based on true events.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

This movie is based on the life of Indian athlete Milkha Singh, also known as “The Flying Sikh”. The movie shows how Milka struggles. It shows how he rose from a childhood of poverty and violence to become one of the most successful athletes in India’s history. The movie showcases his success at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, as well as his heartbreak at the Rome Olympics.

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Airlift (2016)

The storyline of the movie is based on the true story of the evacuation of Indian citizens from Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1990. The movie locomotes the efforts of a wealthy Indian businessman in Kuwait, who risks his own life to help force out more than 1,70,000 Indian expatriates from the war-torn country.

Airlift (2016)
Airlift

Neerja (2016)

Another movie based on the life of Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant who saved the lives of passengers on board Pan Am Flight 73. However, she lost her own life in the process. The movie interprets the courage and bravery of Neerja Bhanot, at the time of the hijacking. Who was just 23 years old.

Neerja (2016)
Neerja (2016)

Guru (2007)

This movie is also based on a true story based on Indian business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, who founded Reliance Industries. The film depicts a young man who rises from a small village in Gujarat and eventually becomes one of the most successful businessmen in India. The film showcases his struggles and his determination to succeed against all odds.

Guru (2007)
Guru (2007)

Raazi (2018)

Raazi is based on the true story of a young Indian woman who was sent to Pakistan as a spy during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The movie showcases how she struggles and the risks she takes to gather information for the Indian intelligence agency.

Raazi (2018)
Raazi (2018)

The Attacks of 26/11 (2013)

A film based on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The movie depicts the events of that fatal night, the bravery of the Mumbai police, and the NSG commandos who take action against the attacks and deal with the trauma experienced by the victims and their families.

The Attacks of 26/11
The Attacks of 26/11

No one killed Jessica

“No One Killed Jessica” is a gripping Bollywood film based on the true story of the murder of Jessica Lal, a model and bartender, and the subsequent trial that followed. The film, directed by Raj Kumar Gupta and released in 2011, is a powerful account of the Indian justice system’s flaws and the media’s role in bringing about change.

No one killed Jessica
No one killed Jessica

Shershah

“Shershaah” is a 2021 Indian biographical film starring Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in lead roles. It is based on the true story of the life of Captain Vikram Batra, an Indian Army officer who was martyred during the Kargil War in 1999. The movie showcases his life, from his early days in the Indian Military Academy to his courageous acts during the Kargil War, where he got the nickname “Sher Shah” (Lion King) for his bravery.

Shershah
Shershah

Mrs. Chaterjee v/s Norway

Another film based on true events is Mrs. Chaterjee v/s Norway. It is a real story of an Indian woman named Sagarika Bhattacharya who stands up to the Norwegian government to reunite with her children. The film stars Rani Mukherjee, Anirban Bhattacharya, Neena Gupta, and Jim Sarbh in lead roles.

Mrs. Chaterjee v/s Norway
Mrs. Chaterjee v/s Norway
Arpita Mackelvy
Arpita Mackelvy
Arpita is In-house content creator at NON. She is in writing for the last 6 years and contribute to some of biggest publishers in the industry.

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