When Bollywood Biopoics Took the Box Office by Storm

As we see the biopic of the Indian Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, create havoc on the big screen, The Cinema Station looks back at all the biopic film that have thrilled, ruled and made it big at the box office.

Guru: The story of Dhirubhai Ambani


One of the very few films for which you will remember Abhishek Bachchan, the actor. A powerful script, witty dialogues revolving around the story of the rise and of India’s business tycoon, Dhirubhai Ambani. The film took the box office on a rampage and was widely appreciated in the film industry.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: The Flying Sikh- Milkha SIngh


A biopic based on The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, played by Farhan Akhtar, set ripples across the film land. Studded with Farhan’s brilliant acting skills and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s flawless direction, the film is considered to be one of the best sport biopics made till date in Bollywood.

Mary Kom: The Indian Muhammad Ali


Biopics on sports persons has been the latest trend in Bollywood. As soon as we saw Paan Singh Tomar and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag gather momentum on the silver screen, came from the North Eastern sector, a flaming, bold, brilliantly enacted biopic of India’s female boxing champion, Mary Kom. Enacted by Priyanka Chopra and directed by Omung Kumar, the film went onto be a major commercial success.

Paan Singh Tomar: Player turned Rebel


Based on the story of India’s champion athlete in the 300m steeple chase format, the film did not create much hype in Bollywood but was a fine masterclass. With Irrfan khan in the main role, playing an athlete turned dacoit, the film managed to make a significant mark in our biopics collection. The film was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, known for his style with Indian regional cultures and dialects.

Mangal Pandey: The Rising of the Revolt of 1857


The story of Mangal Pandey, another Indian revolutionary, played by Aamir Khan was brought to life in this film. Dating back to the revolt of 1857 the film in its 3 hours journey tells us about the circumstances that lead to the great mutiny. Not only a box office hit but also a pre Independence classic, Mangal Pandey is considered to be Aamir Khan’s best roles.

The Dirty Picture: The Story of Silk Smitha


If you ever think that the film industry is all glossy and attractive, think again. The Dirty Picture is the story of an actress, Silk Smitha, the heart throb of the Indian film industry for over 15 years, who finally ended up her life out of unknown reasons. The film stars the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya balan as Silk Smitha, Tushar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi. The film was widely appreciated and loved by the audience.

Neerja: Zindagi Lambi Nahi…Badi honi Chahiye


Neerja is the story of Neerja Bhanot, a Pan America purser who gave her life to save hundreds of her crew members during a highjack situation. The film captures all the moments that lead to the tragic event with flashbacks to her past life to ensure the film was well carved to give a perfect portrayal to the heroic deed of the Indian braveheart.


Main Aur Charles: The genius of Charles Sobraj


Who does not know Charles Sobraj ? Main Aur Charles is based on the life story and crimes of this mastermind killer who was a menace the police of multiple countries. Drugs, murders and what not? The film was intense, had some amazing acting skills by the on screen Charles, Randeep Hooda and left its imprints as one of the fine and controversial biopics made in Bollywood.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh: One for the Indian Freedom Fighter


Released in 2002, The Legend of Bhagat Singh is one of Bollywood’s finest films made on the Indian Independence Movement. Starring Ajay Devgan in the lead role the film showcases the times of the 1930’s and the circumstances in India under the British rule in those days. A much appreciated film/biopic with facts and figures in place, the film is one of the classics that you should give a try.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man


A critically acclaimed film with an energetic and emotional Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the role of the famous Dashrath Manjhi. The film may not have minted much money on the box office but had a formidable story and some praise worthy acting skills. Despite some of its visible flaws, the films manages to make it to our Cinema Station listing.







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