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10 best biopics movies of Indian Cinema

Although presenting a diverse range of genres, biopics in Bollywood has always gained a prolific position. With multiple talented directors on the pool, Indian biopics have generally been more like eye-openers than just mere entertainment. Dedicated to all the great directors and producers and of course, the movie buffs who prefer quality over sheer entertainment, here are some of the best biopic Indian movies that had quite stirred the Indian audience.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

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Based on the life of the Indian Olympic winner and a heritage national champion runner, Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, had earned more than 100 crores along with inspiring several filmmakers. With a whole dose of patriotism, challenges, victory, defeat, and, of course, sports, this Farhan Akhtar starrer not only promises convincing performances from every character, but also lets you travel back time with core history including controversial chapters like the Indian partition.

Bandit Queen (1994)

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Long  before feminism took an official “talkable” form in India, the entire Indian audience got Bandit Queen in 1994. Starring Seema Biswas and directed by Shekhar Kapur, this film revolved around the life of the famous Indian bandit queen, Phoolan Devi. Bagging several prestigious awards including a National Award, the movie attracted quite a lot of controversy mainly due to its glaring and direct content. Exploring some serious issues like sexual humiliation by men of upper caste, orthodox society and child marriage, the movie had a deep impact on its viewers’ minds.

Paan Singh Tomar, 2012

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Starring the veteran actor Irrfan Khan and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar is based on the life events of a gold winner Indian athlete, Paan Singh Tomar, who later turns into a dacoit. The movie impeccably explores this transition in a dexterous way, thereby triggering the minds of the audience in every possible way, thus leading it to win several awards including two National Film Award, one for Best Feature Film and the other for Best Actor.

Gandhi, My Father (2007)

For a never-seen-before-performance of Akshaye Khanna and to know more about the personal life of Mahatma Gandhi, you definitely must check out Gandhi, My Father. The film is essentially based on a typical tricky relationship that Gandhi, played by Darshan Jariwala, shared with his eldest son, Harilal, played by Akshaye Khanna. Although the film contained some minute glitches, without bagging quite a lot of box office collections, it had received quite a lot of awards including three National Film Awards.

Sarbjit, (2016)


Randeep Hooda and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Sarbjit had received several hands-downs from almost each of its viewer due to its exemplary performances and its thought-provoking themes. The movie is although based on how an Indian farmer named Sarbjit Singh accidently crossed the Indo-Pak borders had to face terrible consequences, the focal point revolved around the struggles and challenges of his sister Daljit Kaur, played by Aishwarya, only to prove his brother’s innocence.

Mary Kom, 2014


With a slight commercial touch, Priyanka Chopra starrer Mary Kom had been quite a hit at not just the Indian box office but also within the hearts of its viewers. Based on the life of the reputed boxer, Mary Kom, the film depicts her challenges, hardships and her burning passion for boxing, that eventually led her to attain several achievements. Often considered to be the best presentation by Priyanka Chopra, this movie is bound to make you feel emotional and inspired.

Dangal, 2016


The latest among the Hindi biopics, Dangal, starring the perfectionist Aamir Khan, is basically a biographical sports drama. It reveals how Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former amateur wrestler trains his two daughters Geeta and Babita. The film depicts the struggles they face due to societal oppression, however, eventually leading the two girls to win medals at the prestigious Commonwealth Games.

Kadambari (2015)


While Hindi movies had always gained an upper hand in Indian cinema, some biopics in other Indian languages had also attracted quite a good deal of attention. One of these movies is the Bengali biopic Kadambari. Depicting the life of Rabindranath Tagore’s sister-in-law, Kadambari, played by Konkona Sen Sharma, it reveals the unbreakable friendship that eventually transforms into romance between the two. With Parambrata Chattopadhyay playing the role of Tagore, the movie subtly presents some unknown facts of the celebrated poet.

Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)


Dealing with Indian cinema’s origin, Harishchandrachi Factory depicts the struggles that Dadasaheb Phalke faced with his first ever movie, Raja Harishchandra. This Marathi film, with Nandu Madhav as well as Vibhavari Deshpande, playing the lead roles, is a definite must watch for all, not just because it represents the struggles that the protagonist had to face but also because it showed the efforts that required in producing a film without the use of any kind of modern sophisticated technology.

Dr. Prakash Baba Amte- The Real Hero (2014)

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Yet another Marathi film that successfully presented convincing performances along with a beautiful story line is the much acclaimed, Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni starter, Dr. Prakash Baba Amte. Director Samruddhi Porey, brilliantly outlined how the doctor-cum-social worker Dr. Amte selflessly puts in real efforts only for the upliftment of tribal people, living in Western Maharashtra’s forests. With some real acting skills on board, the movie is indeed a treat for everyone.

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