We as a country love biopics is no hidden secret. From the story of Mary Kom, to the tale of how Subhash Chandra Bose became a revered hero, biopics have a way of pulling all the right heart strings. Here is taking a look at some of the best biopics Bollywood has given the world to date!
1. Mary Kom
Directed by Umang Kumar and starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead, Mary Kom brings to life the struggles of one of the most famous boxers in Indian history. Despite being told time and time again that a woman cannot box, Mary Kom proved everyone wrong and represented her art not only at a national level, but an international level as well. A hard hitting film, this movie talks about how Mary Kom fights back even when she didn’t have the support of those she loved. As far as biopics go, this one did complete justice to the story of a boxer who made her country proud. From wining national and international awards, Mary Kom has truly done India proud!
2. Dirty Picture
Silk Smita, the extremely controversial actress, known for being a part of extremely explicit movies, led an interesting life. Directed by Milan Luthra, this biopic was a tell all, highlighting the loneliness of a woman trying to live life on her terms, but failing to do so because of her choices. With Vidya Balan playing the very convincing role of Silk, the movie also stars Emraan Hashmi in a key role. Showing us how a woman’s powers are stripped despite having the entire country loving her, this particular biopic was an eye opener in more ways than one.
3. Paan Singh Tomar
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Paan Singh Tomar tells the story of how a retired army officer and a national level steeplechase champion becomes one of the most feared dacoits of the region because of his mother’s death and how the police refused to solve the case. What drives this story home is the way Dhulia portrays the underbelly of Madhya Pradesh. With Irrfan Khan playing the role of Paan Singh Tomar, this biopic did so well, it was both critically and commercially acknowledged as one of the best biopics which came from the world of Bollywood.
Remember the supremely brave air hostess, Neerja Bhanot, who single handedly saved over a 100 people flying on the Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by Pakistan in Karachi? Remembered for the immense bravery she showed, this biopic definitely needed to be made. With Sonam Kapoor playing Neerja, this movie brought to the fore an extremely important point: it is always important to help those in need first and then yourself. Not only did this movie do really well, it also proved to everyone that Sonam Kapoor could act really, really well.
There are biopics about the lives of athletes and then there are biopics which tell the story of men changing the world. PadMan falls under the second category of biopics. With Akshay Kumar playing the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, this film showed the story of a man aiming to change the way women bought sanitary pads. With such a hard hitting tale, this biopic received a lot of mixed reactions. However, it was still a story which needed to be told and even through all the negative reactions, it still made the kind of impact it was supposed to.
Biopics are made because they tell stories of heroes from the past. If you think we missed out on any other great biopics like these, comment and let us know!
Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now
After keeping us all waiting with bated breath for something other than just a teaser, the makers of Kalank have finally released a brand new song! Titled Ghar More Pardesiya, this new song doesn’t have a conventional pair as the lead but is instead, centered around Alia Bhatt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s characters.
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the voice has been given by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade. The song opens to Alia Bhatt’s and Varun Dhawan’s characters entering a Ramleela performance. While on the one side of the stage, Laxman draws the epic Lakshman Rekha in front of Sita, Madhuri Dixit’s character is seen swinging on the other side. Listen to the song here.
GHAR MORE PARDESIYA 💃 https://t.co/Lerpmqz3sW#Kalank @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial @remodsouza @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies @ZeeMusicCompany #GharMorePardesiya
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 18, 2019
What makes this song stand out is the way the attention to detail and the old school charm the song has. From the way the song was picturised, to the way Madhuri and Alia are dressed, the picturisation of this song has been perfectly done.
Days before the song was released, Alia teased everyone with tiny bits and pieces about how the shoot for the song went, “A song that gave me sleepless nights, days & months is coming very very soon.. I think you can safely say that I have never been SO nervous for anything in my life.. *screams frantically and hides under bed* You may have to send a search party to find me. Meanwhile watch this space for more.”
Directed by Abhishek Varman (known for other brilliant movies like 2 States,) this movie is the most awaited film of this year. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles, Kalank is all set to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!
Photograph Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a street photographer who walks the streets of Mumbai trying to create special memories through polaroids. Into his frame walks Miloni (a CA, played by Sanya Malhotra.) However, while Rafi seems to think Miloni should definitely get a picture clicked, the latter is reluctant. Miloni finally succumbs to Rafi’s charms and persuasion skills and gets a picture clicked. The moment Rafi takes the picture, a conversation strikes up between Miloni and Rafi. The rest of the movie maps out to a family meeting on pretense and a slow romance in the works! With Miloni pretending to be Rafi’s fiancé Noor, the movie shows how the leads start getting closer even though they are playing a facade.
Despite being part of a world which is constantly obsessed with social media and staying connected, Ritesh Batra has created a setting similar to old school romance. As always, Ritesh Batra has breathed magic into every scene. Something as simple as a photograph (not a selfie, mind you,) is so powerful, it draws two strangers together. Who would have thought?
Photograph works for one basic reason. It pulls at the nostalgia strings of your heart! Miloni and Rafi realise they really do have a lot of things in common and these similar tastes and similar dislikes form the basis of a beautiful friendship between them, with hints of something more in the offing.
Like always, Nawazuddin’s acting skills are par excellence. With every line delivered perfectly and a perfect characterization of Rafiq, Nawazuddin delivers his dialogues with skills only a seasoned actor has. On her part, Sanya Malhotra also plays the role of Miloni really well. While in the beginning, she plays a reserved and slightly aloof character, Sanya seems to grow in a manner which shows her acceptance of the character she’s playing.
With some lines of resemblance drawn from Basu Chatterjee’s Chhoti Si Baat, Ritesh Batra has made quite a masterpiece with Photograph. All in all, with the cinematography and music adding a really fine feeling to the entire movie, this Ritesh Batra directorial is a delight. Watch it for the subtle nuances and the simplicity of the entire tale!
Kalank Teaser Out Now
After a long, long while, the makers of Kalank just dropped the teaser and by the looks of things, it is every bit worth the long wait. Painting a series of stories involving drama, love and multiple emotions, the teaser introduces us to the different characters of this film. A little longer than two minutes, the teaser is captivating in every sense of the word.
First comes Madhuri Dixit as Begum Bahaar, then Sonakshi Sinha as Satya and finally, Alia Bhatt as Roop. While the female characters of Kalank seem to be written well, the male characters have just as special a story to tell. From Varun Dhawan as Zafar, a daredevil bullfighter, to Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhary and to Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhary, Varman has truly thought out the cast! Watch the teaser here and now!
The world of #Kalank coming to life! Presenting the #KalankTeaser! https://t.co/LislwpoSSd@duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapur @Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @sonakshisinha @MadhuriDixit @abhivarman @ipritamofficial #SajidNadiadwala @apoorvamehta18 @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @NGEMovies
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 12, 2019
While the teaser doesn’t give a big clue about whose love story it is going to adress, the hints are certainly dropped with amazing subtlety. With only two dialogues forming the crux of this teaser, the visuals give an insight into what to expect from the film. “Kuchh rishte karzon ke tarah hote hain. Jinhe nibhana nahi, chukana padhta hai,” says Varun Dhawan at the beginning, while Alia Bhatt says the last dialogue, “Jab kisi aur ki barbaadi jeet jaise laage… toh humse zyada barbaad aur koi nahi hai iss duniya mein.”
Directed by Abhishek Varman, this particular movie is set during the last few years of a British governed India. From giving us a glimpse of the beautiful dance sequence by Madhuri Dixit, to showing us different scenes from that point of time, this teaser was needed to see what to expect from the movie. Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank is scheduled to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!
Badla Movie Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
An almost direct adaptation of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest, Badla tells an extremely gripping story. Opening to Naina (played by Taapsee Pannu) pleading guilty, the movie follows the story of how Badal Gupta (played by Amitabh Bachchan,) fights to protect her, no matter what. Naina is accused of killing her boyfriend, Aryan and Badal’s biggest challenge lies in proving how Aryan was killed by someone from outside the house, despite the police finding no external footprints or break in evidence! With the story in itself being so hard hitting, the movie progresses and through every twist, new skeletons are revealed!
Fast paced and quick to the very end, Badla works really well because of the way the story is rendered. Starting with how the story unravels, to moving forward and showing the multiple layers of the different characters in the film, the quick cuts and the multiple transitions between each scene keep you hooked to the very end.
What makes this movie such a treat to watch is how both Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu fit so well into their characters. Furthermore, the way Sujoy Ghosh narrates the entire story, makes Badla an extremely compelling watch. With the way the songs pull the film forward and the way the scenes are done brilliantly, one can really can’t help but marvel at the brilliance and effort which goes into directing a movie like this!
Known for directing other amazing films in the past (like the Kahaani series,) Sujoy Ghosh has once more proven, in order to tell a really great story, there is a certain way to get your message across. All in all, with the storytelling being what it is and the entire cast putting their best foot forward, Badla makes for a very entertaining watch!
Badla – Reasons To Watch
Women’s Day is just a day away and with it, comes the arrival of a brand new Amitabh Bachchan film! Titled Badla, the film is all set to hit the screens tomorrow and in case you are still wondering about why you should book your tickets for this movie, check out our reasons here!
1. Sujoy Ghosh’s comeback
After Kahaani 2 (2016,) Sujoy Ghosh only directed one really gripping short film, but no Bollywood film. With a series of really amazing twists and turns, Kahaani 2 was an out and out Sujoy Ghosh masterpiece! After making his fans wait for more than 3 years for his next film, Ghosh is finally back with a bang. With a stellar star cast and a storyline which will keep you hooked to the edge of your chair, Ghosh has definitely upped the excitement ante for Badla.
2. Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu
When Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu shared screen space for the first time in Pink, you instantly could see a brilliant chemistry. Just like in Pink, Taapsee will be seen as the victim, while Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of her lawyer. When their previous movie was such a massive success, one can only think about how great their second film will be.
3. The storyline
The story of this particular movie is a classic whodunit and the script is borrowed from the Spanish super hit film, Contratiempo. Although the Spanish movie didn’t really do as well as expected, the fact that Sujoy Ghosh is directing Badla, its Hindi remake, has already gotten everyone’s hopes up!
4. Shah Rukh Khan
If the Bollywood grapevine and the multiple posters SRK and Big B have released are anything to go by, then Badla is going to have a massive surprise in store for us. According to the rumour mill, Shah Rukh Khan is going to make a cameo appearance in this murder mystery! With not one, but two superstars packed into a film like this, one can only expect brilliance as an outcome!
With so many things going for this movie, it would be but a shame if you missed watching it tomorrow, right? We certainly think so! Comment and let us know about what you thought of the movie!
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