Over the years Bollywood has faced severe criticism for not being original. There is a trend in Bollywood where many filmmakers are remaking the superhit regional films. Despite this, some filmmakers are bringing real-life stories and events to the silver screens. Here we bring you a list of famous Bollywood films of recent times which are based on these real-life events. Take a look:
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
No One Killed Jessica is based on the Jessica Lal murder case. Jessica, who was model living in New Delhi was allegedly killed by Manu Sharma, the son of a Congress-nominated Member of Parliament, Vinod Sharma. However, Manu Sharma along with several others was acquitted by the court in 2006. The movie stars Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan.
Special 26 (2013)
The crime thriller is inspired by the 1987 Opera House heist in which a group of conmen disguised as Central Bureau of Investigation officers stole jewelry worth lakhs. The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, and Jimmy Shergill.
Based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, Talvar stars Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Neeraj Kabi in lead roles. In the murder case, a teenage girl and the family servant were found murdered in the house and the parents were convicted of the same.
Ram Madhvani's Neerja showcases the hijack of Pan Am Flight 73, in Karachi, Pakistan. The incident that took place on 5th November 1987, resulted in the death of 20 passengers which included the head purser Neerja Bhanot. The titular role essayed by Sonam Kapoor earned her the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
Airlift is based on the biggest human evacuation in the history of mankind – thousands of Indians who were based in Kuwait were evacuated by the Indian government after Saddam Hussein invaded the country. Akshay Kumar who essayed the role of a Kuwait-based businessman (Mathunny Mathews), went on to win the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.
The film is based on the life of a gay professor, Ramchandra Siras (1948- 2010), who is a victim of a sting operation that reveals his sexual orientation. Manoj Bajpai, in the titular role of Prof. Siras, gave one of his best performances in the movie.
This comedy-drama draws inspiration from the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man from Tamil Nadu who developed a low-cost machine to make sanitary napkins. In the movie, Kumar plays Lakshmikant Chauhan, who is determined to provide women with inexpensive sanitary pads and promote menstrual health.
The horror film is based on an urban legend, 'Nale Ba' (come tomorrow), that was popular in Bengaluru in the 1990s. According to the legend, a witch called men by their name and kidnapped them at night. The film stars Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana, and Pankaj Tripathi. The film was directed by Amar Kaushik.
This espionage drama is based on the novel 'Calling Sehmat' by Harinder Sikka. During the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, a Kashmiri girl named Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) marries a Pakistani army officer (Vicky Kaushal) intending to spy on his country.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
The war drama is based on the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army 11 days after Pakistani militants killed 19 soldiers in Uri, Jammu, and Kashmir, in 2016. The film stars Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Kirti Kulhari and Paresh Rawal. Aditya Dhar has directed the film. Vicky Kaushal has also won the prestigious National Award for the film.