They say imitation is the best form of flattery. What happens when Bollywood comes together to immortalize real life events that sometimes shook us up, and sometimes shook us out of our stupor? While rummaging around in our catalogue, we found a few movies emulating real life. Some came a little too close, and others had a long way to go. What do you think?
No One Killed Jessica is a dramatic representation of the real life murder of Delhi based model Jessica Lall and the breakthrough journalism that brought the accused to justice.
Vidya Balan played the role of a heart broken yet determined Sabrina Lall who stood up against the high and powerful to bring justice to her deceased sister Jessica Lall.
Sabrina had said in an interview, that Vidya’s character was nothing like her.
Main aur Charles is the story of an enigmatic criminal who is well described as evil personified and how he uses his charm to change everyone’s lives he comes in contact with.
Randeep Hooda played the role of the enigmatic criminal Charles Sobhraj who cheated and murdered people after he had won their trust and tried to get away with all this relying on his intelligence and affluent personality.
Sobhraj said that the film was a ‘Good Product’ and also conveyed his Salaam to Amod Kanth the investigating officer of the case, when Randeep had gone to see him.
Mary Kom is the true story of the world boxing champion Mary Kom who pursued her passion for boxing overcoming several social problems.
Priyanka Chopra portrays the real life boxer who challenged the society at every step and proved to everyone that once a boxer always a boxer.
Mary Kom said, ‘Priyanka is the only actress that could have played me’.
Gulaab Gang is the story of a real life revolution started by Rajjo, against patriarchy, by establishing an ashram for oppressed women and empowering them.
Sampat Pal Devi and her revolutionary movement against women oppressors in her village inspired Madhuri Dixit’s character. But unlike real life the movie also had a female politician as the antagonist played by Juhi Chawla.
‘Madhuri Dixit has never met me’ – Sampat Pal Devi
Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the communal riots and subsequent serial bomb blasts in Bombay in 1993.
Pavan Malhotra plays an underworld don whose office is burnt to cinders during the Bombay riots of 1992 – 93. The don went on to take revenge and brought upon Bombay one of it’s darkest days.
The story is supposedly based on the life of South Indian Sensation Silk Smitha, a sex symbol and ambitious superstar to the world, but just a woman yearning for true love in reality.
Vidya Balan once again, and this time we see her in a sultry avatar as she portrays the South Indian actress most sought after for her sensational screen presence and sex appeal.
Silk Smitha’s brother says that his sister was never ‘dirty’ as shown in the film
The notorious real life story of a don Sultan; and his protégé Shoib who challenges his mentor’s supremacy and usurps the power to rule the murky underbelly of Mumbai.
Haji Mastan the Don with a heart can be a difficult character to play, but Ajay Devgn plays enacts him with ease and conviction.
Sona, Haji Mastaan’s widow says that Haji saab was not in the age bracket of romancing when he met her, unlike in the film.
The story of the infamous Maya Dolas and his gang in a war of tug with the Mumbai police.
Vivek Oberoi garnered a lot of critical acclaim for his portrayal of the infamous Mumbai gangster Maya Dolas who was killed in an encounter by the Mumbai police.
Chota Rajan came up to say that the whole movie is fake!
Manohar Surve a college student who turns to the dreaded don Manya Surve after he is wrongly arrested. He starts his own gang and with that starts his tussle with the Mumbai police.
John Abraham convincingly plays Manohar a.k.a Manya Surve, an unemployed college graduate who after being wrongly arrested takes the path of crime.
‘Playing Manya Surve was tough because I did not have enough reference points’ – John Abraham
The story of a disgraced hockey player who returns to the game as a coach of a women’s hockey team in an attempt to redeem himself.
Shah Rukh Khan was warmly applauded for the portrayal of an intense coach character who wants nothing but to see his girls win gold for the country.
Mir Ranjan Negi was impressed with SRK and was also the technical director for the film.
This make up artist deserves an award!