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Top 5 Bollywood Biopic Movies

Updated on September 29, 2017
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Bollywood is a prolific industry in India where hundreds of movies are churned out in a year. Movies are made on almost every genre but biopics had never been a favorite with the producers. The simple reason was that the audience was not very keen on biopics. Since biopics were not commercially viable, film makers were not very enthusiastic about them. But the tremendous success of the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ changed this prejudiced view towards biopics overnight. After its success, many biopics were announced and have been released since then. Let’s have a look at the top five Bollywood biopic movies:

1. Bhaag Milka Bhaag:

Of course, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was a game changer and a trend setter. The movie was based on the real life story of the famous sports person Milkha Singh who is popularly known as the Flying Sikh. Milkha Singh in an Indian athlete of repute who was a national champion and an Olympian. The movie touches some relatively unknown facts of Milkha Singh’s life and tells the audience about his humble beginning and his early struggles. It’s an inspiring story about someone who faced all odds to earn name and glory not only for himself but for his nation as well. Farhan Akhtar played the legendary Milkha Singh in this movie and was fabulous in the role. He trained very hard for his role and looks every bit of an athlete in the movie. Sonam Kapoor and Divya Dutta were in the supporting roles. The movie earned more than 100 crores on the box office and paved way of a hopeful future for biopics.

2. Paan Singh Tomar:

This film is based on the unusual story of Paan Singh Tomar who was a National level Gold Medalist athlete but was later forced to become a dreaded dacoit at the Chambal Valley. With no major stars in the movie and a different story, nobody had expected this movie to do well. But inspite of all odds, this movie directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia was a surprise hit and it was then that the audience and the producers took notice of the potential of biopics. Irrfan Khan as the lead character has been awesome in the movie and this is undoubtedly one of his best roles till date. He won the National Film Award in 2013 for this movie.

3. The Dirty Picture:

The movie was already in news before its release. The reason was the controversial celebrity on whose life the movie was based. Based on the life story of South Indian actress Silk Smitha who was found dead in her apartment for reasons unknown, this movie was a hit. Vidya Balan played the role of the Sex siren from South to perfection. This was quite a challenging and bold role for Vidya Balan considering her conservative image. The movie not only broke all records but Vidya Balan also won many awards for the movie including the National Award for the Best Actress in the year 2012.

4. Bandit Queen:

Bandit Queen was a path breaking movie of its time. It was based on the life of the notorious dacoit Phoolan Devi who was forced to become a dacoit to avenge her honour after she was gang raped and made to walk naked in her village by the rich men of the upper class. Seema Biswas played the lead role in this movie directed by Shekhar Kapoor. This internationally acclaimed movie was surrounded by much controversies due to the rape scenes. However the movie portrays the trauma and injustice that lower castes have to go through in our society and how an innocent woman is forced to become a dacoit after repeatedly being subjected to humiliation and abuse.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - Farhan Akhtar | Maston Ka Jhund

5. Mary Kom:

This blockbuster was based on the life of the world famous boxer Mary Kom and traces her journey of becoming a boxer upto her victory in 2008 world boxing championship in Ningbo. Priyanka Chopra played the lead role in the movie which was directed by Omung Kumar. The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Priyanka Chopra was widely appreciated for her brilliant acting in portraying Mary Kom.


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 months ago from India

      @Treathyl Great to know that you have watched two from this list. I am sure you will enjoy the others too!

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      Treathyl FOX 

      11 months ago from Austin, Texas

      Great movies to add to my Watch List. I recommend Mary Kom and The Dirty Picture for movies with strong female leads. Both actresses took risks to play these roles but they pulled it off!! Two thumbs up for their performances.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      @Venkatachari I am glad you liked it.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      You have chosen very great movies as Top Five Biopics. Thanks for bringing out this fact to the readers in a great hub.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      That's cool. Wish we could have a service like Netflix in India!

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool stuff. I am bad with names of movies but I watch, with subtitles sometimes. I will see if I can get one for Biopic. Netflix here carries some.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      Yes Dora. Biopics are quite inspiring!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      @Bill I can understand as these are in different language. English movies are much watched in India though as English is a global language and so there is no language barrier.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like biopics because they are based on real people and always teach something. Thanks for introducing these movies.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know it's a huge industry in India, but I admit I've never seen one of the movies. Thank you for the interesting review.


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